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Speech and Language Project

Speech and Language at The Sherwood School



We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully secured funding from a charitable organisation, The Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation. This funding has allowed us to carry out a three year Speech and Language project in school.


At a whole school level, this project aims to support the development of Speech, Language and Communication skills in our pupils. This funding has meant we are able to appoint Natasha Gudima, a qualified Speech and Language Therapist to work on this project.


This prestigious project is carried out in conjunction with Merton Local Authority and supported by University College London (UCL) Master's students. We are proud to welcome UCL Master’s Degree students to our school to support our work. Our students will be working across our Early Years and Foundation Stage classes and with staff to screen pupils’ language development and plan future interventions.


This has meant better opportunities for our pupils, our community and our local families. At key points across the year, we will invite you to join us in school to find out about our work and meet our Speech and Language Therapist. 


For details of our next event, please see below or speak with a member of our Early Years team.


DLD day 2023

Ted Talk

How Every Child Can Thrive!

Watch the video using the link here: how+every+child+can+thrive

Molly Wright explains how every parent can help to develop their child's speech, language and communication skills.

Top Tips for Clever Communication at Home

SEND Events 

Sensory libraries are OPEN. All of children's libraries in Merton have unique themes with sensory equipment and specialist SEND book stock, specially adapted toys and equipment that can be borrowed. In addition to this we have an exciting programme of SEND events/activities available. Booking for all of our SEND events is required via

Family Activity Ideas

This resource provides ideas for family activities at home:



To support families with language development, we signpost you to the following websites. Click the GREEN text below to access the websites. Online you can find a wealth of resources about Speech and Language development. Should you have any questions, speak to a member of staff. 


Multilingual speakers and EAL (ICAN website)

Parent and Carers Talking Points (ICAN website)

Hungry Little Minds Campaign

Incredible Years Program