Lancashire Language Leads

What is the role of a Language Lead?

  • To take a lead in promoting a communication friendly environment in your setting
  • To demonstrate good practice and support colleagues in your setting
  • To support colleagues in identifying potential difficulties and with the process of referral to SLT
  • To be a point of contact for local NHS Speech and Language Therapist

What support will the Language Leads receive?

Regular network cluster meetings in your local area will be supported by a Speech and Language Therapist and will:

  • Provide opportunity to share good practice
  • Allow time to discuss any current difficulties you are experiencing
  • Include updates on new resources/information from the SLT
  • Help to identify training needs and, where possible, include these within the network meetings

Support also includes:

  • Support to work towards confidence at the Enhanced level of the Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLFC)
  • Termly newsletters containing information on current initiatives, examples of good practice, resource updates and training dates
  • To be part of the wider Lancashire Leads across Lancashire which includes specialist teachers, NHS SLT’s which also have termly cluster meetings
  • Individual support for your setting in a range of areas (menu of options to be added when finalised)
  • Support for your setting to complete the Early Years Commitment

How to sign up

If you are new to our Language Lead network we can offer an initial visit to meet; this allows us to get to know you and your setting and talk  about any support you might need.

  • Our visit or contact can help to update you with any new resources, share good practice and guide you to work through Universal/Enhanced Level of SLCF (
  • If you would like to sign up you to be a Language Lead for your setting can click on the contact details and we will be happy to hear from you

Early Years Commitment

The Early Years Commitment is an effective way of looking at your setting in terms of communication and where you want to get to. It covers areas such as Leadership, training, identifying, and supporting children’s communication needs. It helps you assess how confident you are in these areas and supports you to make specific small step changes.  We can support you through the process of evaluation your practice and developing your action plan.