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Speech Link

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Speech Link

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What is Speech Link?

Speech Link is our original package used to identify and support children with developmental speech sound difficulties. Launched in 2003, it is still used widely throughout the UK to help schools decide who needs to be seen by a Speech and Language Therapist and those at risk of literacy difficulties. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years, Speech Link helps demystify speech work and helps support staff work effectively with children’s common speech sound errors.

Recommended Usage

We would recommend practising targeted speech sound 3-5 times a week for between 10 and 20 minutes..

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Educational Impact

improve teaching efficiency
79%
improve teacher knowledge
76%
reduce teacher workload
63%
Age Range5-7, 8-10
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RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - Chromebook

An internet connection (wired where possible) is required and good quality speakers. As the assessment is adult-led we don't recommend using iPads.

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Included in the Speech Link package are 4 training videos that guide the user through each stage of the package.

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Pricing Plans

Paid Subscription

Speech Link pricing starts from £180 / year

Speech Link has a one off start up cost of £150+VAT and then an annual subscription of £180+VAT (£320+VAT in the first year)*

The subscription is paid annually and is for as many children and computers as the school has.

* Multiple packcage discounts are available if school purchases Speech Link in conjunction with Infant or Junior Language Link.

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Speech Link Reviews

4.35 out of 5

from 25 Verified Reviews

Speech Link has collected 3 reviews in the past 6 months

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Tess and Danielle

LSA

Used Speech Link daily for 5 years+

Jul 2022

overall we have found good experiences when using speech and language link however we find that some of the language resources are not clear in explaining what area they are meant for.

Tess and Danielle found Speech Link:
  • Not reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    If the children's speech and language has improved then this will have an impact on there overall learning and levels therefore teaching efficiency will be raised as less time will be needed on said children.
  • Not significantly improves teacher knowledge
    None
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S

Inclusion manager

Used Speech Link weekly for 3-4 years

Jun 2022

as above

S found Speech Link:
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    providing resouces
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    provides resources
  • Not significantly improves teacher knowledge
    does nto give info on how to make the sounds and tongue postion etc I dont' think any videos of speech sessions
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Beth Wade

Head teacher

Used Speech Link weekly for 5 years+

May 2022

great intervention

Beth Wade found Speech Link:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    All interventions easy to access
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Planningeasy to follow
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    Understanding the childrens needs
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Liz Webb

Speech and language coordinator /TA

Somers heath primary, England

Used Speech Link daily for 5 years+

Feb 2022

Speech link is always evolving. The resources are excellent. Also if I have a question or need help nothing is considered a silly question. Help desk is brilliant.

Liz Webb found Speech Link:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    helps with listening skills
  • Not improves teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
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Wendy Springett

Assistant SENDCo

St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary School, England

Used Speech Link occasionally for 1-2 years

Feb 2022

We have support from our NHS SALT team and use Speech Link internally only as an initial assessment

Wendy Springett found Speech Link:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    No
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Not significantly improves teacher knowledge
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Karen Smith

Teaching Assistant

Lenham Primary School, England

Used Speech Link weekly for 5 years+

Feb 2022

The package is brilliant. I use it at least weekly. The children love the listening games, as they are very child friendly. The children do not realise that they are working on their sound. They are having too much fun!

Karen Smith found Speech Link:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    None
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    None
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    If the teacher understands the sound difficulties, they can be more aware of modelling.
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Kim

HLTA

Charsfield C of E Primary School, England

Used Speech Link occasionally for 4-6 months

Jan 2022

It was a very useful and informative resource

Kim found Speech Link:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Having the assessment and the follow-on resources available
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Having a detailed set of plans and resources
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    As you work through the areas needed it helps to improve your knowledge
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S

Inclusion Manager

Pioneer Federation, England

Used Speech Link monthly for 3-4 years

Dec 2021

I find it very useful

S found Speech Link:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    not having to search for resources
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    not having to research for resources
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
    need more support in running a speech intervention
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Amy

SENCo

Joydens Wood Infant School, England

Used Speech Link monthly for 3-4 years

Dec 2021

Easy to use and effective strategies and resources

Amy found Speech Link:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Resources to send home to parents and to use for interventions
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    Classroom strategies
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    Knowledge of the needs of their children
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Rebecc

senco

GRANGE PARK INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL, England

Used Speech Link monthly for 5 years+

Nov 2021

excellent resource

Rebecc found Speech Link:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    helps to highlight children's difficulties quickly
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    highlights children's difficulties quickly
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    can use targeted resources
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Becky Evans

SENCO

Ticehurst and Flimwell Primary School, England

Used Speech Link monthly for 5 years+

Oct 2021

Speechlink is a very useful screening tool

Becky Evans found Speech Link :
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
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Kate Burgess

Teaching Assistance

Used Speech Link for 8 years

May 2020

It is easy to use and is comprehensive

Kate Burgess found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    I use the speech link assessments regularly and use the activities, games and advice
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    When I am short of time and cannot prepare resources I use the games and activities when working one to one and in small groups
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    The assessment reports breakdown and explain areas of weakness and suggests targets
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Pat Alston

Senco

Used Speech Link for 6 months

May 2020

This year it has taken a very long time to organise and prepare materials. We cannot afford as a school to buy ready made materials. It would be a lovely resource to supplement SALT materials; but we do not feel it can replace a SALT assessment which is what is happening in our authority. We do not feel we have the expertise to really assess children accurately. Some children who are very difficult to understand did not score that badly, which we sometimes feel is down to our ability to identify difficulties. e.g what is a 'slushy' s.

Pat Alston found Speech Link:
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    We currently have no SALT for Non EHCP children so it is the only SALT we can provide for these children.
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Laminating and preparing the materials has taken a lot of time. next year it will be much easier and will save time planning activities
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    LSAs tend to do the programmes with children.
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Carrie

Resourced Provision Manager SLCN

Used Speech Link for 5 years

May 2020

I find it a valuable tool to support colleagues with limited knowledge of how speech develops and promote progress for the children

Carrie found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    teachers feel empowered to find their own resources and incorporate them into their own planning and curriculum delivery
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    resources are ready to download and use
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    teachers are encouraged to complete the video training and read relevant information on the website.
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Tina Godden

SENDCo

Used Speech Link for 4 year +

May 2020

As a school our SEND provision is so good BECAUSE we use speechlink, in my view it's unbeatable

Tina Godden found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Being able to understand what individual children need to support them means we can put in the right strategies and interventions
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    It provides us with a brilliant assessment of pupil needs and gives strategies saving time for teachers and more importantly saving wasted time for the children who need support
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    There is so much guidance and information
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Jenny Thomas

SENCo

Used Speech Link for 12 months

Apr 2020

Brilliant resources excellent assessment but does need time to get all children assessed as 1-1

Jenny Thomas found Speech Link:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    targets specific children
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    sets targets and supplies resources
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    assessment prcedures
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Claire

SENDCo

Used Speech Link for 1 year

Apr 2020

I really like the site, the support I get, the resources

Claire found Speech Link:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    upskilling LSAs and myself as to how to support and give understanding
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    resources are all made and there on one site
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    great resources
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Lynsey

Learning support assistant

Used Speech Link for 2 years

Apr 2020

I would reccomand this programme and it always shows so much proggress

Lynsey found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Games are intense as are lesson packs, gives you clear structure and a want to learn
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    LSAS teach these lessons so releases pressure of ctreachers
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    it depends how involved the teaching staff want to be
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Jeanette Wellard

Inclusion Manager

Used Speech Link for 3 years

Apr 2020

Speechlink is a good way to identify needs early & the interventions often resolve a difficulty without the need to refer to SALT. If the speech is particularly difficult to understand the report advises to make a referral which SALT accept

Jeanette Wellard found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Children make good progress
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    No need to write lesson plans
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Often teachers have had no training in this area
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Vicki

Teaching assistant

Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School, Wales

Used Speech Link for 2 and a half years

Apr 2020

The assessment is straightforward and identifies the areas that a pupil needs support in. Pupils can be grouped together easily. The data is collected online and easy to complete. Reports can be printed to share with parents and other agencies, the data can be collated at the end of the year. The information can feed into pupil targets and end of year reports. Pupils can give their their opinions about school at the start and end of the year. Pupils can be retested each year The activities are really engaging and can be used in the classroom, at home with parents as well as intervention groups.

Vicki found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    The children have a better understanding of everyday language and concepts being used in the classroom which means they are able to work with more independence and are less reliant on adult (teacher or TA) support.
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    The initial assessment identifies areas that individual pupils need to work on and teachers can then set smart targets for their pupils.
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Julie

SEN Team: Inclusion Lead

Used Speech Link for over 10 plus years

Apr 2020

As part of a Lead for local schools forums and part of the Communication Trust and the APPG for SLCN - I would recommend Speech Link and Language Link to all professionals and parents/carers of children with slcn - it is an evidence based assessment and support programme, which is delivered in an easy to administer style with excellent resources and knowledgeable background. It also shows progression of learning in each of the areas, including target setting and monitoring. I would insist on using Speechlink/Language Link wherever I worked and recommend it to all my colleagues and teaching teams.

Julie found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Using many of the language games as warm up and pre-teaching concepts for SEN cherubs
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    It's there, it just needs printing off; colourful and engaging and created from an experienced source
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Language through colour - we now use this as part of our Quality First Teaching - all lower ability groups are given who/what doing/where warm ups before writing; the sentence frames etc I could go on.
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Emma

Senco

Used Speech Link for 6 years

Apr 2020

Have used for years and seen how easy it is to implement and track impact

Emma found Speech Link:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Awareness of in class speech support opportunities
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Not having to consider speech support just as an extraction intervention and giving planning and resources
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Planning
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K Sherrington

SENCO

Used Speech Link for 3 months

Apr 2020

has been really useful so far but only been using for a short amount of time

K Sherrington found Speech Link:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    focus the specific needs of the children
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    not really
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    teachers can see where children have weakness and strength
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Joanna Thomas

SENDCo

Used Speech Link for 6 months

Apr 2020

I am part of school that has a very large number of children who have been identified as having speech and language concerns, with how our county are working at the moment it means a significant number of children are still not getting the support they need, which is frustrating. However it has highlighted the need for further support and it does provide good interventions to use when we can

Joanna Thomas found Speech Link:
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    it has identified areas that a large number of children need further support with so whole class teaching has covered this area more
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    The reception class teachers have had to spend a large amount of time assessing the children
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    as mentioned earlier it has highlighted areas children need further support with
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sharon

pupil support worker

kirkhill, Scotland

Used Speech Link for 3years

Apr 2020

I find it rewarding when a teacher praises a child for work they are more able to do after blocks of work on links.

sharon found Speech Link:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    links can sometimes uncover an underlying problem with a childs speech and or understanding of their daily language.
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Last updated 6th October 2022
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