Early Years Foundation Stage teachers, teaching assistants and pupil’s parents will play a part in the project.
Teachers will develop their understanding of how to support the development of children’s language and gain new skills and knowledge to improve their daily practice.
Teaching Assistants will receive training, supervision and specialist support to assess children’s levels of language and literacy, set targets, carry out interventions and track progress. They will complete a recognised Level 4 course in speech and language communication and be able to work towards accreditation as specialist Speech and Language Therapy Assistants.
Parents will be encouraged to become more confident in supporting their child’s language development at home.
Helen Howard, Director of School Improvement, University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have secured this funding. I believe it will have wide-reaching and long-term impact for the children of Hastings. It is crucial that children in nursery, reception and year 1 have excellent support as they start their education because we know that this directly affects their future success.”
Schools in receipt of support are: Ark Castledown Primary Academy, Churchwood Primary Academy, Hollington Primary Academy, Ore Village Primary Academy, Robsack Wood Primary Academy, Sandown Primary School, Silverdale Primary Academy, The Baird Primary Academy, West St Leonards Primary Academy, St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School; St Paul’s Church of England Academy, Dudley Infant Academy, Torfield School, St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School, and Christ Church C of E Primary and Nursery Academy.