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The Unit has three classes. Each class has a specialist teacher, a higher level specialist teaching assistant and a number of specialist teaching assistants.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 & 2 teacher is Mrs Scales
The Year 3 and Year 4 teacher is Mrs Rowland.

The Year 5 and 6 teacher is Mrs Packman.



All referrals for admission to the Acorn Speech and Language Centre will be via consultation with the current provision and the LA Decision Making Group (DMG).
A child allocated a place at the Acorn Speech and Language Centre will be:-


  • A child whose primary difficulty is a speech & language disorder and where other difficulties encountered are a direct result of their speech and/or language disorder.
  • A child with a severe speech disorder.
  • A child with non-verbal skills that fall within a normal range but have significant discrepancy between verbal and non-verbal abilities.
  • A child who does not have emotional and behavioural difficulties as their primary need.
  • A child whose parents are in full agreement with Unit placement and are aware that their child is also part of the attached mainstream school.
  • A child who has been referred to the Unit through outside agencies and the LA decision-making group.
  • A child who has an Education Health and Care Plan.


The children in the Acorn Speech and Language Centre follow the National Curriculum, which is a highly differentiated with a high language focus, presented in a visual format and supported by ‘Makaton’ and ‘Cued Articulation’.


Each child on roll is entitled to the following:-


  • Specialist teachers and teaching assistants
  • Intensive speech therapy sessions individually and in small groups
  • Collaborative target setting between class teachers and speech therapists
  • Supportive safe environment
  • Opportunities to encourage speaking skills
  • Opportunities to encourage listening skills
  • Supported integrated sessions into mainstream
  • Highly differentiated curriculum with a high language focus
  • Multi-sensory resources including Makaton and Cued-Articulation
  • Colour, Shape coding to assist language development
  • Structured small step approach
  • Small differentiated groups
  • Appropriately paced lesson delivery
  • Opportunities for adult interaction to develop children’s play skills and vocabulary
  • Structured sensory and motor co-ordination activities where applicable
  • Structured social skills programme to meet needs



Three Speech and Language Therapists are based at the Centre for part of the week and a full time Speech & Language technician. The therapists are involved with assessment, therapy, monitoring children’s progress and setting targets. The class teachers and speech therapists plan and work collaboratively.


As the Centre is part of the mainstream schools, there are excellent opportunities for inclusive provision for all of our children. All children are included in playtimes, lunchtimes (with additional support), assemblies, PE and special occasions. Opportunities for further inclusion are arranged when deemed appropriate.

For further information or enquiries;
please contact 01795 426707 or