John Jamieson School

John Jamieson is an open and welcoming, generic, all age Special School and National Teaching School which caters for pupils with a learning difficulty


Communication and Social Interaction
Communication and social interaction is at the core of all learning for our students at the East SILC.  Staff are committed to ensuring all students achieve the very best progress in their speech, language and communication needs.  Communication and social skills needs can directly impact on our students’ self-esteem, confidence, emotional well-being, friendships and relationships.  Improved communication and social skills will support our students to become independent, confident, and active members of their community.  

 Speech and Language therapy at the East SILC

Our Speech and Language Therapy team provide a specialised service delivered as an integral part of students’ education.  Recognising the importance of communication across the curriculum we employ our own full-time Speech and Language therapist, Ellie Colman.  This is in addition to the speech and language therapy services provided by the NHS team, who work at John Jamieson and our partnership sites.  Our therapists provide assessment, monitoring and evaluation of our students speech, language and communication needs. This involves liaising closely with families, school staff, and the wider multidiscplinary team.  

Our therapists will provide general advice and specific strategies to support and develop communication, as well as contributing to progress reviews and Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).  An individual or group programme will be implemented where needed.  Therapists provide ongoing mentoring and training to the staff team, parent workshops, and evaluations of the whole school environment. This is to ensure students can be supported in a holistic manner across the curriculum and school day, and in their home environments. The NHS therapy team also provide assessment and management of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), and eating and drinking needs.  You can find out more about the work carried out within school on the other website pages. 

Please speak to the school Speech and Language therapist to find out if your child/young person is accessing Speech and Language therapy. If they are not currently being seen by one of our SaLTs and you have concerns about their speech, language and communication needs you can complete and return the referral form below. 

All children/young people are also entitled to access NHS Speech and Language therapy services. You can refer to their service on their website:

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