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Communication and Interaction Needs

Communication and Interaction Needs


  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)


Type of support/provision made at Farne Primary School:


  • All staff have received training and use the Newcastle Mainstream Guidance in supporting the needs of all pupils with communication and interaction needs.
  • A differentiated curriculum and resources including sensory equipment or access to a calm area.
  • Resources to reduce anxiety and promote emotional wellbeing as well as stimulating different senses e.g fiddle toy, visual soothers or active learning breaks.
  • Visual timetables to support children to understand what will happen and when
  • 'Now and Next' boards, choice boards  
  • Makaton is used to support language within Early Years.
  • Individual work stations/arears of low distractions/access to ear defenders
  • Support/supervision provided for children during times they feel most anxious or stressed (breaks or lunch times).
  • Small group targeted intervention programmes to pupils to improve skills in a variety of areas.
  • Resources to support pupils with speech and language difficulties eg, word banks, visual prompts, word webs etc.
  • Social skills programme/support including strategies to enhance self-esteem e.g. social stories.
  • Small group or one-to-one support for developing pupil’s speech, language and communication following programmes of work provided by outside specialists such as speech and language therapists.
  • Resources to reduce anxiety and promote emotional well-being as well as stimulating different senses, within each Key stage pupils have access to a fidget bag and a designated space is now equipped with sensory equipment.
  • Use of individualised reward systems to promote learning and enhance self-esteem.
  • IT is used to reduce barriers to learning where possible.
  • Staff work with specialists from outside of school to support the children overcome barriers.


Updated September 2022