The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust is a coalition of
nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise
in speech, language and communication. We harness our
collective expertise to support the children’s workforce and
commissioners to support all children and young people’s
communication skills, particularly those with speech, language
and communication needs (SLCN).
Our newsletters contain information about the work of The
Trust, how we're continuing the legacy of the 2011
Hello campaign and provide updates from our
The Trust relies on brilliant, local practitioners who are
able to spread the word on the importance of speech, language
and communication where it is needed most. If this sounds
like you, there is now the opportunity to become a Local Champion for The Communication
For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Communication Commitment is here!
Though this newsletter, you
will all have heard about the Trust’s exciting new resource
for schools - The Communication Commitment.
The Commitment is an interactive website which provides a
simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of
their ability by developing a whole-school approach to
communication. It also supports schools to develop their own
personalised approach to communication and helps schools to
support all of their pupils, including those with speech,
language and communication needs, to communicate better –
which is part of the Ofsted Framework.
At the beginning you’ll choose five actions to help you
work towards a whole-school approach to Communication and
we’ve provided an exciting range of free guidance and
information to help you achieve these actions. You’ll then be
signposted to ways to take your Commitment further by working
with some of our Consortium organisations who will provide
expert support to help you embed the changes you make.
We’ve been working hard over the past few months
with our schools review group and expert advisers to make the
site as effective and engaging for schools as possible and we
are delighted to be able to tell you that it’s now live and
ready to go!
You can visit the site now and
register to get started on your Communication Commitment! www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/commitment
If you don’t work in a school but want to share information
about The Communication Commitment with colleagues who do,
please click here to download a one pager explaining what
the Commitment is.
The development of the website has been sponsored by
Pearson Assessment. If you have any feedback, suggesitons or
questions about the Commitment we’re really keen to hear from
you. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com
and we’ll get back to you.
The Communication Trust is
The Communication Trust is currently recruiting for the
- Professional Advisor
- Professional Advisor – Talk of the Town project
- Operations Administrator
- Team Administrator
The Communication Trust is an exciting organisation
providing information, support and resources to the children’s
workforce on children’s communication development. The Trust
is a consortium of nearly 50 organisations who harness their
collective expertise to support the children's workforce and
commissioners so that every child and young person is enabled
to communicate to the very best of their ability.
Trust operates in a fast paced and exciting environment and is
looking for people to join our busy and dynamic team. To find
out more please click here.
The closing date for the
Professional Advisor posts is Friday 15th November and the
closing date for the Administrator posts is Monday 11th
|No Pens Day
Wednesday - the evaluation
A huge thank
you to all those schools who got involved in No Pens
Day Wednesday this year helping to make it the
biggest and best yet - over 2,500 schools signed up and
took part! If you, or a school you know, took part and
haven’t yet completed our short survey, please could we
ask you to set aside five minutes to complete it -
The more feedback we get, the more improvements we
can make to help ensure that No Pens Day
Wednesday is even easier to engage with and even
more exciting and dynamic for pupils.
Measuring the impact that No Pens Day
Wednesday has for staff and pupils is absolutely
essential for us and it’s only by receiving this sort of
feedback from the schools who took part that we’re able
to really see the effect it’s having. This sort of
information is invaluable for us in the work we do to
raise the profile of speech, language and communication
in schools and we’re really looking forward to receiving
We’ll update you on the outcomes of the evaluation in
an upcoming newsletter. If you have any questions or
want to get in touch with us to share your stories,
experiences or photographs please don’t hesitate to get
in touch with Jo on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy update from The
This has been a very busy time for policy work here at the
Trust with a number of key documents and decisions being
We’re working hard to ensure children and young people with
speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are being
effectively included and provided for in all of these areas.
We’ve given a short update on some of the most important we
are currently, or have been involved with, recently. These
- Children and Families Bill
- Primary assessment and accountability under the new
national curriculum consultation
- Regulation of Childcare consultation
You can find further information on these in a summary
document here. If you’d like to find out more
detail about any of these issues or others, please visit the
policy pages of our website or get in
touch with Jo Bolton on email@example.com
for any information not on these policy pages.
Julie Dockrell speaks to
Professor Julie Dockrell has been interviewed by
RALLI about the Better Research Communication Programme
(BRCP), What Works and the Communication
Supporting Classroom Observation Tool. To see the video
please click here.
For more information on RALLI, please go to www.youtube.com/rallicampaign.
To find out more on BCRP, you can read the reports
collection at here.Visit our website to find out more
about What Works here and the Communication
Supporting Classroom Observation Tool here.
Band Together with BeatBullying to make
As part of Anti Bullying Week, BeatBullying has
created a series of resources to help students understand the
impact they can have by banding together to speak out against
bullying in school. These resources include a free
downloadable lesson plan on ‘Who is responsible?’ which can be
found here.For more information,
visit the Anti Bullying Week website at http://www.antibullyingweek.org/ or the Beat
Bullying website at http://www.beatbullying.org/
|Charity of the month:
What is Elklan
Elklan CIC is part of Elklan which
trains practitioners to develop the communication skills
of all children but especially those with speech,
language and communication needs. Elklan set up in 1999
by Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan, Speech and Language
Therapists (SLT’s) is now the largest provider of
externally accredited training in the field in the UK.
Our track record
has been used in nursery, primary and secondary schools
across the UK. Through our network of 1200 tutors (all
of whom are either SLTs or specialist teachers) we have
delivered accredited training to over 31,000
practitioners and parents. Licensed tutors can deliver
any of our training programmes; new tutors are always
All 16 of our
courses are accredited through Apt awards, (formerly
Open College Network South West) and many are on the
QCF. Courses support staff working with children and
young people from 0-25 years and a range of disability.
They are suitable for education practitioners and Early
Years staff working at universal, targeted and
Elklan’s ‘Building a Communication Friendly School’
programme has proved effective in changing teachers
practice and children’s ability to access the
curriculum. For the report click here.
We offer this whole
school accreditation through blended learning. Attend a
one day course in London on 16th January 2014 and
subsequent web based sessions. Alternatively local
tutors can deliver to school confederations or clusters.
Visit the website http://www.elklan.co.uk/ or request
details, 028 90296772, firstname.lastname@example.org
The local impact of Early Language
Development Programme training
Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) lead
practitioners are busy delivering early language training to
local early years and family facing practitioners. Over 90% of
these practitioners are reporting that the local training and
resources are helping them to improve their practice, with
practitioners using more innovative ideas for improving their
work to support children’s early language identification and
Since the training, confidence levels have risen
dramatically in practitioners’ ability to spot the signs of
speech, language and communication difficulties amongst 0-3
year olds, with 75% rating themselves either very or extremely
confident in comparison with 29% before the training. A
similar increase is seen in their confidence in raising
concerns about a child's speech, language and communication
development with their family.
Findings from four case studies here show that the ELDP is fostering an
enriched environment for early language development both
within settings and in the home, which is having a positive
impact on children’s speech, language and communication.
“We’re seeing a dramatic change… With one child -
they’ve only been with us for the last five months…that child
wouldn’t have made eye contact, they were communicating using
one word and now they are asking simple questions and linking
a lot of words to objects too”Practitioner,
To read the case studies please click here. For information on how to access local
ELDP training, please contact Kelly Bracken – email@example.com or
Tel: 020 7843 2523
Kidz up North hold their free UK exhibition
on Thursday 21st November in Manchester
Kidz up North is holding one of the largest free UK
exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with
disabilities and special educational needs, their carers and
the professionals who support them.
Join Kidz up North is on Thursday 21st November 9.30am –
4.30pm at EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Urmston,
Manchester, M17 8AS. You can enter with a visitors’ free
entry ticket, which is available here. Please help Kidz up North to
share this information by circulating the ticket to as many
people as possible to help them get the advice and support
they may need.
The tickets include a full timetable of all free CPD
seminars which take place during the day and the exhibitors
list to help you plan your day. To pre-order your ticket
or get more information on other events run by Kidz up North,
contact the organisers: Disabled Living – Tel: 0161 607 8200
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Bishop’s, Professor of
Developmental Neuropsychology, response to recent research on brain
Dorothy Bishop has a blog which she uses to share views on
academic related topics. Recently she has added a new post
about research that was carried out by scientists, based at
King's College London, and Brown University, Rhode Island.
They studied 108 children with normal brain development
between the ages of one and six and recently published these
findings.Please click here to view the post which explains how the
findings of this research were reported in a misleading way
and that there was potentially other significant findings
which weren’t highlighted.
|News from our
The Communication Trust is a consortium of nearly 50
voluntary sector organisations. We bring together our
expertise to ensure that the speech, language and
communication needs of all children and young people are met
through signposting, specialist training, support and guidance
to people working with children.
If your organisation would like to become a member of The
Communication Trust’s Consortium please go to www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/partners or
for more information e-mail email@example.com
British Stammering Association - Educating
Yorkshire raises awareness of stammering
The British Stammering Association (BSA), the UK’s national
stammering organisation, welcomed the increased interest in
stammering following the Educating Yorkshire finale
aired last week.To read the BSA press releases, click here.
The popular show featured Musharaf
(Mushy), who has a severe stammer, as he prepared for his GCSE
English oral exams at Thornhill Academy in Dewsbury. The
episode highlighted his teacher, Mr Burton, as he sought to
help Musharaf improve his fluency with support from specialist
speech and language therapy.
More than one in a hundred
children and young people have a stammer, at least one child
in every three classrooms. For these children and young people
to progress academically and socially at school, it is vital
that support is put in place from the point they enter school.
The BSA has developed a series of online resources
that can help school staff and parents to implement successful
support strategies. These resources are available from http://www.stammeringineducation.net/ and http://stammering.org/expertparent/
Communication Matters - Take the
challenge for International AAC Awareness
Join Communication Matters and countries all over the world
in celebrating alternative means of communication and take the
’24 Hour Non Speech Challenge’ by using writing, gestures,
symbols and any other non-speech methods of communication for
a day! If you would like to find out more about the ‘24
Hour Non Speech Challenge’ please click here.
Or to find out more about the work of Communication Matters,
please click here.
I CAN - Develop children’s
communication skills with I CAN’s Chatterbox
Challenge: Sounds like fun with
Good speaking and listening skills are vital for children –
they are needed to express thoughts and feelings, develop
friendships and to understand what is being said to them.
Singing songs and rhymes are a great way to develop children’s
communication skills in a fun and engaging way.
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, is encouraging
early years groups to register for the annual Chatterbox Challenge today! Over
880 groups have already registered to get involved in the
The Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with
Humf pack has been written by speech and language
therapists and experienced teachers. Children under 5 in
settings across the UK will learn songs and rhymes based on
sounds and noises to develop their communication skills. The
activities in the pack are linked to the Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS) and will develop a range of skills
including attention and listening, one of the early learning
goals. Chatterbox Challenge Week is
10th-16th February 2014. Early years groups are encouraged to
register now at http://www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk/?utm_source=I+CAN+PR&utm_medium=online+PR&utm_campaign=CBC2014).
Children are sponsored to perform in
front of families and carers and, thanks to the support of
Openreach and TTS, the funds raised will enable I CAN to help
more children who struggle to communicate and express
The Makaton Charity - free Halloween
The Makaton Charity has developed two new free downloads
contain Makaton symbols and signs for Halloween and Bonfire
To view and download the exciting new signs and symbols,
including ‘ghost’, ‘pumpkin’ and ‘fireworks’, please click
here.If you would like to
find out more about the work of Makaton please click
here. You can also sign up to
receive their e-newsletter too.
The National Literacy Trust - Talk To Your Baby
conference 2013. Giving babies the best start: What we know
works and what’s new
The National Literacy Trust's (NLT) annual conference is
renowned for its in-depth and engaging reviews of policy,
research and practice. Delegates from across the early years,
healthcare, education, cultural and third sectors come back
year after year to learn, share best practice and be
NLT are pleased to confirm a great line-up of expert
speakers that will give early years professionals the guidance
and support they need to deliver outstanding provision.
For the full programme details and to book your place
please click here.
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