– Words First Parents –

Support for parents of pupils in our schools

Primary School Parents

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a parent of a child in one of our Primary Schools. We would like to extend a warm welcome to your family. Our main concern is to support your child in school to reach their full potential. We welcome your feedback, calls, comments and questions so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of our service.

For parents whose children do not attend one of our schools, please visit the Kids First Therapy Centre page where you can access our services directly.

You may have received a letter from school about an assessment that your child will be undergoing soon. If you have questions about this procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your SENCO, your speech and language therapist or directly with Amanda. We have, however, outlined the assessment procedure below so you might be able to find some answers:

The Year One screener is a little bit like checking children’s skills to detect any underlying difficulties that may cause problems LATER in a child’s academic life. It’s a little bit like a hearing check or an eye sight check – we want to pick up on problem areas before they manifest in the classroom. Your child will be seen by a qualified speech and language therapist for an hour / hour and a half. The assessment will be like a game for your child so she/he won’t feel under pressure at all. The areas your therapist will be looking into are:

Attention and listening

Ability to follow instructions

Ability to express thoughts and ideas

Ability to hold sounds in her head (important for reading and spelling)

Speed of naming visual stimuli (important for later reading comprehension)


Social communication

After the assessment, you will receive a short report about the findings and your child may be invited to attend small group support. You will also be invited to a parent meet and greet session with your therapist during which you can discuss any concerns or questions and your therapist will be able to give you advice about how to support your child at home. If your child is seen for an intervention / therapy group, you will receive a little note telling you when the sessions will be held. You may contact the therapist directly (his / her email address will be on the note).

Please note, that this assessment is optional and you can withhold consent without prejudice – meaning that the school and staff will not treat your child differently based on your decision.

Secondary Parents

Words First works in a number of mainstream secondary schools and Academies across London. If you have any questions regarding access to speech and language therapy at your child’s school, please contact your SENCO directly. However, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about an assessment that your child has been offered or has undergone, please feel free to contact Words First or your schools’ speech and language therapist directly. It may be useful to review the Words First Reading and Language Circuit Model™ as this will give you an overview of what areas we assess. We will be happy to discuss our approach in more detail so please don’t hesitate to contact us.