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Bring back the pigeon-hole

Schools could improve collaboration with speech therapists by being less intimidating to visiting specialists, a conference in Edinburgh was told this week.

Presenting the findings of their report for the Scottish Office on the role of speech and language therapists, Sally Millar and Jennifer Reid of Edinburgh University said even small measures like a pigeon-hole in the staffroom can ease communication.

Lack of collaboration between therapists and teachers was a key finding of an Inspectorate report published in June. Mike Gibson, HMI with responsibility for special educational needs, repeated the report's demand for a contract setting out the services to be delivered by schools and therapists.

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