School Training

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Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Services offer a comprehensive range of courses for the professional development of school-based staff working with children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Wave 1 training

Wave 1 training aims to develop expertise in enhancing speech, language and communication skills of all children.

Skills and knowledge of wave 1 strategies need to be embedded throughout schools in non-teaching areas as well as classrooms.

Courses are therefore most appropriate for whole school staff groups and bespoke packages can be developed from a range of modules, to be run on your own premises, at a time which is convenient for you. Depending on the size of room available, up to 20 people can attend.

The training costs £120 per hour.

Please contact Alice Woods (primary) or Sasha Davies (secondary) if you would like to discuss the content of courses further, or if you’d like to find out if a particular course is suitable for your staff.

We also offer training around the Baseline Language Screen. Please complete the application form to book a place.

Wave 2 training

Wave 2 oral language interventions are generalised intervention packages designed to boost language skills for targeted groups of children.

Training days are designed to give teaching staff the skills to set up and run language groups in schools.

Three intervention packages are available:

If you would like to book a place on one of the wave 2 oral language intervention courses please fill in the application form or contact Alice Woods for further information.

Buying in additional services

The Sheffield speech and language therapy service provides an equitable service across the city into all primary and secondary schools.

However, resources are often insufficient to meet the growing need.

In addition, whilst NHS services traditionally target wave 3 children, many schools are seeing a growing role for the service within waves 1 and 2.

As a result, some schools and units choose to purchase additional speech and language therapy support to top up the level of service provided by the NHS.

Bought in costings for 2019-2020


Clinical time in school per week


A morning a week for 6 half terms (36 visits)3 hours£6038
An afternoon a week for 6 half terms (36 visits)        
2 hours£4528
A day a week for 6 half terms (36 visits)6 hours£9057

We are happy to discuss different options that may be available to you within your budget.

If you are considering buying in additional service, please contact Janelle Gardiner (0114 226 2333) for a further discussion about your needs.

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