Craigentinny Primary School

Language and communication class at Craigentinny Primary School

City of Edinburgh Council currently have six mainstream schools with language classes included in them. They cater for primary aged children who have additional language and communication needs, often with a diagnosis of autism.


The classroom at Craigentinny Primary School before refurbishment


  • Steps to sink
  • a large table with chairs in the centre of the room and individual work stations around the edge
  • individual workstations with personal items
  • at one end of the room is a teaching wall with a Smart Board
  • book storage inside cupboards

Language classes have inclusive learning environments with low sensory stimulation.

They have space for children to work independently or as part of a group.

They are organised to encourage independence.

Break out areas or access to other facilities can include sensory rooms or soft play and a safe place for children to support them to self regulate when needed.

The Additional Support for Learning service reviewed Language and Communication Class (LCC) environments as part of a multi-disciplinary consultation and came up with a list of essential and desirable elements for the classes. This process has enabled a degree of consistency for LCC environments across the schools and ensures they all have essential needs met.

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