Speech and Language Resourced Provision - Winchcombe School

Last updated: 31/01/2023

Winchcombe Speech and Language Resource is on the site of Winchcombe Primary School. It is for children with a statement or EHC Plan who require specialist - integrated support for their speech and language difficulties whilst following a mainstream curriculum.  It is a 15 placement Resource.

KS1 and KS2 children receive specialist teaching alongside intensive speech and language therapy.  They spend mornings covering Numeracy and Literacy in the Resource base and afternoons within the mainstream setting. This provides them with the opportunity to generalise and apply their skills across the curriculum. Children in FS remain within the mainstream FS setting whilst accessing a personalised and intensive speech and language therapy programme.

Specific LSA support is provided in mainstream when appropriate.

Resource staff work as a team in conjunction with mainstream teachers and outside agencies.

(For a more detailed description please see school website:  www.winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk )

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Sara Bennett
Contact Position
Teacher in Charge
01635 232780

Where to go

The Winchcombe School
Maple Crescent
RG14 1LN

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

THe Resource support Primary aged children from 5-11yrs of age. ( From Foundation Stage to Year 6) 

Other notes

What qualifications/experience do staff in the Provision have?

Teacher-in-Charge: BEd Hons

                                  26 years primary mainstream Teacher

                                  5 years Teacher in the Speech and Language Resource 

                                  Level 3 Makaton 

Part-time Teacher:

Highly Specialised Speech and language Therapist:

Speech and language Therapy Assistant:

2 Specialised LSA's:

  1. Experienced in Primary education; 15+ years based in the Resource. Various training courses related to special needs and primary aged children. Confident at using Makaton.
  2.  Experience in Primary education; 4 years based in the Resource. Various training courses related to special needs and Primary education. Confident at using Makaton.


What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?

On going INSET for Teachers and LSA's

Informal advice and drop in clinics

Local Offer


Number of Teachers:

1 full time Teacher-in-Charge

1 part-time Teacher 0.6 (4 mornings, 1 full day)

Speech and Language Therapists:

1 highly specialised Speech and language Therapist 2 days a week

1 Speech and Language Therapy Assistant 1 and half days a week

Number  of Support staff: 

2 lead LSA's 

In addition to this LSA support staff are provided in mainstream classes in relation to pupil need.

SEN Provision Type
Speech & Language Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 7
7 to 11

General Provider

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

The Resource caters for pupils with a severe, specific speech and language impairment which has a significant impact on the pupil’s learning and development, and which requires specialised adult support in order to access the curriculum, and for the pupil to make academic and developmental progress. The Speech and Language Resource can cater for pupils who meet the following criteria:

• Meet the LA’s statutory assessment criteria for Education, Health and Care Plans with a Primary Need of Speech and Language Difficulties

• Have a diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

• Have a level of ability within the range expected in a mainstream school

• Demonstrate the ability to function within a mainstream educational setting with appropriate differentiation

• Require intensive, specialist Speech and Language provision to achieve the outcomes identified within their EHC Plan.

This includes: • A highly personalised speech, language and communication programme within a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of individual pupils

• Intensive support, input and advice from a specialist language teacher

• Access to intensive speech and language therapy

• Access to small group and individual work focusing on Speech, Language and Communication needs

• Access to specialist speech, language and communication teaching integrated into the whole school environment

• Where appropraite, supported inclusion in the mainstream environment

• An environment and ethos of awareness of the needs of pupils with Speech and Language difficulties within the wider school, and where all staff have relevant training.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

1. All applications are sent to the Local Authority’s Education, Health and Care Assessment Panel, placement decisions are made by that Panel.

2. A child is identified by a relevant professional as having a severe speech and language impairment. This is likely to be a Speech and Language Therapist, a Pre-School Teacher Counsellor, a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) or a Class Teacher. It is evident that the child requires provision over and above that which is provided within mainstream.

3. An Educational Psychologist makes a non-verbal assessment and observation.

4. Reports are collected from all professional working directly with the child. This is collated into an MPA (Multi-Professional Assessment)

5. Paper work is submitted to the SEN panel for consideration.

6. The process of collecting reports from professionals and submitting all the paper work to the panel should take no longer than 20 weeks. Parents are included and consulted throughout the process.

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Feedback and complaints procedure

Any complaints should be directed initially to the Teacher in Charge of the Resource, or to the Head teacher at the school. If issues remain unresolved the Service Manager for SEN and Disabled Children’s Team: SEN and DCT Service Manager West Street House West Street Newbury RG14 1BZ 01635 503646 jane.seymour@westberks.gov.uk

Quality checks

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