Primary school teachers can now monitor pupils’ progress in meeting the spoken language expectations of the national curriculum by using a new resource.

Communicating the Curriculum was launched last week by The Communication Trust and is written by specialist teachers and speech and language therapists.

The resource shows how the 12 statements that make up the Spoken Language Programme of Study can be broken down in relation to the typical stages of language development for each primary year group.

Octavia Holland, director of The Communication Trust, said: “The removal of the levels system and the requirements of the 2014 programme of study for spoken language have been challenging for some teachers. That’s why we’ve developed Communicating the Curriculum.

“It is a practical resource, with the crucial information busy school staff need to really get to grips with monitoring progression in children’s spoken language skills in the context of the national curriculum.

“This is essential to ensure pupils who might have additional speech, language and communication needs are identified early and also to support all pupils in developing these crucial skills.”

You can access the resource at


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