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ELCISS aims to enhance language and communication in secondary school children with primary language and communication impairment through narrative/storytelling and vocabulary enrichment.

The London Borough of Redbridge

The London Borough of Redbridge has a population of approximately 270,500 residents. Redbridge is recognised as the 5th most diverse borough in the London, with 51.9% of the population stating they are from a minority ethnic background.

The Local Education Authority (LEA) funds 17 Secondary Schools in the borough.

In 2007, across all secondary schools in the borough, the percentage of pupils who achieved 5 GCSEs at A* to C was 61.5%. This was compared to an average for England of 46.7%.

In the same year the percentage of pupils regarded as requiring Special Educational Needs (SEN) with statements or support through School Action Plus was 6.2%. This was compared to an average for England of 8.5%.

Thirteen Secondary Schools in the borough took part in the ELCISS Project, with four schools continuing to be part of the extended ELCISS project in 2011/12. These are: Caterham High School, The Forest Academy, Oaks Park High School and Wanstead High School.