Child First Trust

SLT Review 2016

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Child First is delighted to be commissioning Speech and Language Services from Nicki Worth of Therapy Solutions for the benefit of all Child First Schools.


The results of your feedback questionnaire 2016 can be found under our protected IMPACT page (drop down to SLT Reports).

Here are some of the highlights…

  • All schools gave this service a positive rating with 95% of schools stating they are very satisfied or extremely satisfied with this service.
  • The service is easy to access and enables our schools to secure timely supplementary SLT support.
  • Our schools use their SLT Provision to
    • Access new resources (15.79%)
    • Gain useful information in relation to better supporting children within their school.(42%)
    • Access timely advice (11%)
    • Access support to build the skills and expertise of their existing staff team (21%)
  • 95% of schools feel that the service they have received has changed their practice in relation to SLT back in school!

The Trustees of Child First Trust warmly encourage all beneficiary schools to maximise their use of this great opportunity.

Author: Sacha Brakenbury

As mum to three sons (and auntie to ten!) Sacha is kept busy trying to keep the kids alive, safe, fed and watered. Having specialised in Child Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Reading, Sacha went on to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education before taking up her first teaching post as Head of Boys Sport and Year 6 teacher. After 6 years, Sacha was fortunate enough to awarded a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, enabling her to undertake an extensive research project overseas. Sacha has worked with some of the world's top professional sports and educational institutions across Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand - researching ways of engaging young people through the medium of sport and in particular how this can help to reduce drug use and gang membership. After returning to the UK Sacha became Education Director at Ipswich Town Football Club, leading in the government's 'Playing for Success' scheme. She went on to establish three highly respected Study Centres back in the East of England, each of which used sport as a means of motivating children and young people. After successfully completing her National Professional Qualification for Headship in Cambridge, Sacha went on to study for her Masters Degree in Education. With the arrival of her three sons, Sacha decided it was time to 'go it alone.' She set up her own business consultancy, supporting a range of charities and organisations across the UK. Securing funds in excess of £2 million pounds, Sacha was able to 'give wings' to a wide range of charitable causes close to her heart. She continues this today with work specifically for Child First Trust. It was her own kids that were the inspiration behind her establishing Learning Academies ( - a tutoring company that has the simple mission to motivate and encourage its students to become confident and assertive learners who are not afraid to 'take risks' and challenge themselves. As a passionate photographer, Sacha is never more at home than when she's travelling, camera in hand, boys in tow. As a qualified medic with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, she is able to combine her love the outdoors with her passion for wild animals.

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