The Communication Trust Newsletter
February 2012

TCT 2012

Our newsletters this year will share information about the work of the Trust, how we're continuing the legacy of the Hello campaign and updates from the world of speech, language and communication.

You'll also be able to find out what is happening with member organisations of the Trust.

Cracking Communication - Conference for school leaders

Registration now open!Teacher and boy

On Wednesday 28th March 2012 The Communication Trust will host an informative and innovative event offering support to schools to prepare for changes to the Ofsted and National Curriculum frameworks with regard to speech, language and communication.

The day will support school leaders by translating policy into practice. Keynote speakers and workshops with practical advice and tools will enable schools to develop their approaches to meet the communication elements of the updated Ofsted framework.

There will be a particular focus on showing how children with special educational needs are progressing and demonstrating how communication can support schools to reduce the gap between pupils with the lowest and highest attainment.

Places are limited and bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please click here to view the programme.

For more information about the day and to register your place please go to

Exhibit at the Cracking Communication Conference

We have a small number of exhibition spaces for hire at the conference.

If you are interested in promoting your materials or services to the educational professionals due to attend the event, then please contact Mark Beagan on

Pearson Assessment

This conference is sponsored by Pearson Assessment.

Voice for Life Events

Following on from the National Year of Communication, 2012 proves to be just as exciting with new events and new information guides for parents.

Afasic England, in association The Communication Trust, is running three free events, bringing together parents, professionals and children with speech, language and communication needs. These will include seminars, workshops, exhibitions and fun activities for pupils with SLCN.

Many of the workshops are being run by members of the Trust's Communication Consortium. With over thirty workshops per event to choose from, including one-to-one advice sessions available throughout the day, these events will provide information as well as a chance to talk to local providers, professionals and other parents.

The events will take place in...Afasic
The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Thursday 8th March 2012
Leicester University on Thursday 15th March 2012
Durham University at Stockton-on-Tees on 22nd March 2012

For further details and to book please click here.

Charity of the Month - DialogueLab

DialogueLab is a social enterprise whose mission is to improve outcomes for young people DialogueLabthrough better communication. We promote the principles of dialogue - open-minded two-way communication aiming for mutual understanding - and we incorporate this into the programmes we run, the resources we make and the training we deliver.

ProgressOur Progress course equips members of the children’s workforce with the skills and methodology to help children and young people who are failing to achieve their full potential. Using the Progress method, teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors can act as a catalyst, helping young people to identify their own problems, reach their own decisions, set their own goals, make and implement their own plans, with your support and guidance. If you would like to find out how to get  Progress training in your school or organisation, contact or visit





Think Big update

The Communication Trust is working in partnership with O2 and the National Youth Agency on their Think Big project. Think Big

Young people are encouraged to apply for grants of £300 to support their project idea. Young people involved must be 13-25 years old and their project must relate to communication in some way; either awareness raising or developing young people’s communication skills.  For example, one successful group are creating a poster to advertise a disability website, with a barcode to scan for those who would are unable to type in the URL.

So far 3 projects have been granted a £300 award.  For more details on these projects see the Think Big Communication Trust Facebook page

5 more applications have been received and will hopefully get a grant soon.  For regular news on successful projects, click the ‘like’ button on The Trust’s Facebook Think Big page.

For more information and to discuss this matter, please call Alison Marrs, Professional Advisor, on 0207 843 2541 or email her on

Think Big is continuing till December 2012 and the Trust has been allocated 25 x £300 for this year. For successful £300 projects there is an opportunity for young people to apply to compete for a further £2,500 grant in order to expand and extend their original project.

Please click here to print off a Think Big flyer to display in your setting where you meet other young people or where you work. This could be at your schools, at Scouts, or at a local youth club. 

For more information and application forms click here.

Request your new, Speech, Language and Communication Brochure from Pearson Assessment

Pearson Assessment have updated their handy guide to speech, language Pearson Assessmentand communication assessments for children and adults. Inside you'll find information on their extensive portfolio of assessments suitable for use by Speech and Language Therapists. These include the bestselling Preschool Language Scale - Fourth UK Edition (PLS-4UK) and their Communication Checklists. 

Look out for the new Toddler Phonology Test (TPT), and the Woodcock Mastery Reading Tests, Third Edition (WRMT-III), as well as their feature on what SLCN means to Communication and Allied Therapies Manager Lesley Munro. Request your copy online today here and visit for more details.


Congratulations to the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) for their latest success in protecting local authority central funding for SEN services!
The Government has announced it will exempt local authority expenditure in relation to SEN services from the academy recoupment process for 2012-13. This means local authorities will retain their central funding for SEN services no matter how many academies they have in their area. This commitment follows SEC’s success during the passage of the Academies Act 2010.

Please follow this link for a letter from Julie Jennings, Chair of SEC, which will be sent to Director of Children’s Services: SEC welcome Government commitment to exempt local authority expenditure in relation to SEN services from the academy recoupment process for 2012-13. Please share this with any networks, and in particular any local authority contacts you have. Local authorities are currently setting their budgets so it is really important they have this information. This will have a real impact on funding for services so your help will be of great value.

Restorative Justice Council Conference

Inclusive Restorative Practice – Enabling Participation, Thursday 29 March 2012

Restorative practice has been shown to meet the needs of victims and reduce re-offending in criminal justice; and to improve attendance and reduce exclusions and bullying in schools. Good practice means making sure these processes are open to everyone in our communities.

This conference is suitable for anyone delivering restorative practice/restorative justice in schools, care homes, local authorities, police, prisons, probation, youth offending teams, workplaces and community based agencies.

The keynote speaker is Dr Brian Steels, visiting lecturer at the Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, Research Fellow at Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, and an international expert on restorative practice. Dr Steels is also Director of the Asia Pacific Forum for Restorative Justice, and leads the Institute for Restorative Justice and Penal Reform, Australia. He is a facilitator and trainer of RJ Practices, experienced in facilitating various culturally appropriate restorative processes from small conferences to large healing circles.

Alongside Brian speakers will include Alexandra Ankrah (the Tutu Foundation), Bonita Holland (former Headteacher, Ark Plus), Anita Kerwin-Nye (The Communication Trust), Luke Roberts (Anti-Bullying Alliance), Jenny Talbot (Prison Reform Trust), Peter Wallis  (Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service) and Jo Brown (Oxfordshire Anti-bullying Co-ordinator) to provide their practice-based expertise. 

Only £75 for RJC Members, £99 for other guests. Please click here to register.

Transferring work to the Teaching Agency

In April 2012 the Children's Workforce Development Council's (CWDC) early years and educational psychology projects will move to The Teaching Agency, a new executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). 

What is the Teaching Agency?
The Teaching Agency is a new executive agency of DfE.  The Agency will be responsible for ensuring the supply of high quality teachers and their training, and will support the recruitment and development of early education and childcare workers and educational psychologists.  It will also oversee teacher regulation.
The Agency will be operational from April 2012 and will take on key functions currently carried out by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), General Teaching Council for England (GTCE), Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA).

The agency will support

  • Teachers and instructors.
  • All early education and childcare workers.
  • Classroom-based school support staff.
  • Special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs).
  • Educational psychologists.
  • Examination officers.

Find out more about the Teaching Agency on the DfE website

Find out what the Teaching Agency will do for the Early Education and Childcare sector

News from our members

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 for more information or e-mail

Communication Matters - Support for lobbying effortsCommunication Matters

Communication Matters is undertaking some lobbying activities to maximise the impact of the latest report from the Communication Champion, Jean Gross. In particular they wish to make the point that:

  1. There is currently significant variability in provision of AAC equipment and access to specialist AAC services in the UK.  
  2. The Communication Champion's report found that given the under-provision of local and regional AAC services, in relation to the estimated size of the population who require AAC services, and the need to build capacity within the sector, the NHS Commissioning Board should commission specialised regional AAC ‘hub’ services.

Communication Matters would very much welcome your personal support with their lobbying activities, whether you use a communication aid, or are a family member, professional, or supplier of AAC equipment or services. Here are a couple of ways you can help:

Contact a FamilyContact a Family - Counting the Costs survey

Contact a Family is calling on parents and other family members caring for a disabled child to take part in our important research about the financial situation for families with disabled children in 2012.

Counting the Costs 2012 is a repeat of a survey and report we carried out in 2008 and 2010. Your collective responses will give a snapshot of families’ current financial situation and whether it has improved or worsened over the last four years.

The findings and report will help us to raise awareness and lobby for change particularly around some of the detail that is yet to be finalised in the welfare reforms. Please help to build that picture by completing the survey which should not take more than 15 minutes. The deadline is 11th March 2012. Thank you.

If you would like a hard copy of the survey or need help to complete the survey please ring Contact a Family on 020 7608 8700.

KIDS - Sale on their resourcesKIDS

All KIDS resources are aimed at ensuring you are fully equipped to include disabled children and young people in your setting, service, group, play or leisure provision, day to day practice – anywhere!

The available stock is as follows:

Including Everybody – an invaluable resource on how to ensure disabled children are considered in every aspect of planning and delivering your service or setting.
Was £10.00 - NOW £5.00 (postage charges apply)

Inclusion by Design - a guide to creating accessible play and childcare environments - packed with stunning photos demonstrating good practice in inclusive design, this publication is aimed at planners, designers, parks and leisure officers as well as early years, play and childcare providers who want to ensure the design of their play space is accessible, welcoming and inclusive.
Was £20.00 – NOW £8.00 (postage charges apply)

Nothing Special – ‘Inclusion, does it only exist in policies?’
A young person-led review of policies relating to them and how they can be more inclusive. Excellent practical introduction to the impact of policies on young disabled people.
Was £5.00 – NOW FREE (minimum order of 5 copies; postage charges apply)

KIDS can only accept minimum orders of £10.00; therefore you need to buy at least 2 items.
Postage & Packing is £3 per individual item; bulk orders may attract a postage discount – prices on application.

This offer is time limited until Friday 2nd March 2012

To access this offer, email to place an order

For further details on our publications visit

NAPLIC - Conference and AGM 2012NAPLIC

This year’s NAPLIC conference, ‘Communication Supportive Environments: What makes the difference for children and young people with SLCN?’ will be held on Saturday 21 April 2012 in Birmingham.

NAPLIC's 2012 conference will feature keynote speakers Jean Gross (The Communication Champion), Marie Gascoigne (Director, Better Communication CIC), Members of the Better Communication Research Project Team, Geraldine Bates (Speech and Language Therapist for North Bristol NHS Trust) plus a number of practitioner presentations by staff from schools or settings from early years, primary and secondary phases who have transformed their own communication environments.

The conference will be of interest to teachers and SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Advisory Teachers for SLCN, Educational Psychologists and LA Advisors.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about the latest best practice from across the sector and to keep the momentum of Hello going into 2012!

For more details, visit

National Deaf Children's Society - VacanciesNDCS

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) currently have vacancies for 2 campaign assistants. The posts will be based in London and they are looking for creative, committed and enthusiastic campaigners to deliver their Save Services for Deaf Children campaign. 

Please click here for more information.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2526 or email
The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE


Sentence Trouble:



Privacy Policy

Please click here if you wish to unsubscribe from all e-communications from The Communication Trust