Local Co-ordinator Newsletter
June 2012


HelloHello and welcome to the June edition of The Communication Trust’s Local Co-ordinators newsletter.

This newsletter is created for you so we can keep you up to date with news, forthcoming events and available resources. We will be offering support and ideas to complement your work and keeping you up-to-date with the Hello legacy work.

Decoding phonics for children with SLCN

As schools start to administer June’s phonics check for the first time, The Communication Trust has published Communicating Phonics to support teachers and school staff, which has been downloaded over 5,000 times.

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the most common SEN identified by primary schools and is a feature of many other areas of SEN, such as hearing impairment, learning difficulties and autistic spectrum difficulties. There are implications for how children with SLCN can access the phonics screening test.

The Trust developed Communicating Phonics to suggest ways in which children with SLCN could be supported to access the phonics test.

Aimed at Year 1, reception class teachers and SENCOs, Communicating Phonics, will help teachers to deliver the test this June and to interpret the results, but it also has lots of useful tips and advice to support the overall literacy development of children with SLCN.Communicating Phonics

The guide was compiled by Symbol UK, providers of specialist speech and language therapy to children and adults with special needs, with input from the Trust’s consortium of voluntary sector organisations.

It's available to download for free from www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/phonics

You can also download factboxes for professionals, parents and carers on the key principles behind the test and how to develop the literacy skills of children with SLCN.

Keeping in touch with The Communication Trust

The Trust keeps supporters up-to-date with the latest news and views from the organisation and the world of speech, language and communication by sending you its newsletter.

We’re currently taking the opportunity to update our contact lists. So, if you have changed jobs, changed contact information or would like to be removed from our contact list, please contact our Press Officer Lynne Milford who will update your details on our database. If you know of anyone who would like to receive this newsletter, please ask them to contact us and we will add them to our database.

We’ve merged the Hello and Trust websites to make it as easy as possible for you to find everything you need in one place www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

If you have any feedback about this, please contact us on enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

We’re also looking at streamlining our social media presence. Make sure you're following the main Trust accounts so you can receive the most up to date posts and share relevant information:


We’ve also reprinted two of our key Hello resources – Misunderstood and Don’t Get Me Wrong – and copies can be ordered by going to www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources


Shine a Light Awards 2012 opening soon

Shine a LightAfter the great success of the inaugural Shine a Light Awards 2011, the flagship event of the National Year of Communication last year, the Trust and Pearson Assessment are continuing the search for good practice among the children’s workforce and individuals.

There will be categories for schools and colleges, commissioners, young people, and an Outstanding Achievement category.

Were you an entrant or a winner in last year’s awards? Do you know someone who deserves to have us ‘shine a light’ on the excellent work they are doing?

If so, watch this space. We will be launching the awards at the end of June.


Better Communication: Shaping speech, language and communication services for children and young people

Many of you will have been involved in promoting better commissioning of services for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as part of your work as a local co-ordinator.

Better Communication ReportThe Better Communication report will be a key tool in supporting you to continue this. It has been produced by the former Communication Champion, Jean Gross, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and The Communication Trust. It’s purposes is to raise the profile of joint commissioning strategies and demonstrate how they can benefit children and young people.

The Trust is pleased to see this information set out in one report, and is supported by many experts, including the Trust’s own Professional Director, Lisa Morgan. Help us get this report into the hands of the right people who have the power to change services.

You can download it here.

If you would like to receive free postal copies, please email Lynne Milford, Press Officer at the Trust with your name, job title and address.

Hello evaluation update

An independent evaluation of the Hello campaign media impact, carried out by Metrica, has shown that 72% of UK adults were reached by campaign coverage in 2011 and 79% of teachers and educators were targeted. Messages that reached audiences were excellent, with all coverage being favourable and 31% strongly so.

HelloThe team at the Trust, particularly Laura and Lynne in the press team, would like to thank those of you who supported this work, used the media toolkits that were developed or proactively engaged with local media to shout about the importance of this issue. We couldn’t have achieved this reach and ensured that trade, national and local media were engaged with our efforts without you.

The final evaluation report of Hello will be available next month and thank you to those of you who completed our supporters surveys.

Have you undertaken your own evaluation of your activities last year? If so, please pass over your reports or updates to Laura Smith on lsmith@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk or call 020 7843 2519. We would love to discuss these with you.


Coming soon...

As a final resource from Hello we have been developing 4 short film clips which give advice to parents of young children on how to support their communication development.

The clips are filmed from the child's view point with the comedian Kathy Burke providing the 'child's voice', narrating what's happening. The clips are designed to show good practice when communicating with a baby or a young child and also to provide examples of how to encourage their development.

These films will be ready next month and will be uploaded to our website and You Tube channel. Please share the links to these sites with your networks.


Talking is just the ticket for school museum visit

TOTTChatter was the name of the game as 114 nursery and reception children from Baguley Hall Primary School in Wythenshawe took their parents on a special school trip recently to the Museum of Science and Industry.

We funded the visit as part of our Talk of the Town project aimed at giving parents the opportunity to get involved with their children’s speech, language and communication development.

TOTT Museum TripParents were given a booklet full of information and questions to spark discussion as they looked around the exhibits including the ‘air and space’ and experiments area.

Talk of the Town is an innovative project, led by The Communication Trust and the South Manchester Inclusive Learning Enterprise (SMILE) to improve children and young people's speech, language and communication.

Click here for more information on Talk of the Town.

This innovative project is making a splash in Wythenshawe’s local press. Wythenshawe FM, a local community radio station, recently recorded an interesting feature on Talk of the Town. To listen to the interview, please click here.


Talk Boost interim report available to download

Talk Boost is a new intervention that narrows the gap between 4 -7 year olds with language delay and their peers. Evidence shows it can boost a child's communication by an average of 18 months after 10 weeks of intervention.

Talk BoostSome primary schools tell us this could help more than half of their learners. Developed by I CAN and The Communication Trust, Talk Boost is already making headlines in the education press with recent articles in Children and Young People Now, Primary Teacher Update and Special Children.

The first evidence report is available to download here www.talkboost.co.uk


Changes to the classification of speech and language needs

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. It's also used by many in the UK as a guide to diagnosis and is currently undergoing a revision.

The Literacy, Language and Communication (LiLaC) research group is housed in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway, University of London and has had a recent debate in order to feed into the consultation. For further information on the LiLaC group, please click here.

For information on the DSM please visit www.dsm5.org


A RALLI-ing cry for better SLI support

A group of academics has launched RALLI, a video-led campaign aimed at raising awareness of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) by sharing people’s experiences and what can be done to help those affected.

RALLIThe videos are aimed at children, parents and education professionals because, although the condition is quite common, it gets little recognition. This is a fantastic initiative to come out of the National Year of Communication and the Trust is delighted to sit on the RALLI advisory board.

Children with SLI have difficulty in understanding and expressive language and this can impact on how they learn and form friendships, and on their educational development.

Figures show 40% of children with SLI struggle to interact with their peers and that they are twice as likely to be bullied. These issues often do not stop as they get older and teenagers with language impairment are more than twice as likely to report symptoms of anxiety or depression.

The team of academics has been supported by Afasic, The Waterloo Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

To see the RALLI films click here

This week, RALLI have posted a version of 'What is SLI?' in Spanish and they have more translations planned.


Release of the SEN Progress Report

The Communication Trust welcomed the announcement of the SEN Progress Report, particularly the focus on early identification and the drive towards a more joined-up system that makes it easier for families.

However, the Trust also highlighted concerns about the effect the proposals would have for the 1 million children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

For example, changes in labelling, particularly around the diagnosis of behavioural, social and emotional problems could have negative implications for those with SLCN. We need to work hard to ensure that the ‘hidden’ difficulties of children with SLCN are identified early across all phases of education.

To see our full response, click here.

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 Trustís consortium please click here for more information or e-mail enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

British Stammering Association - 15th National Conference in Lincoln

Bookings are also being taken for the British Stammering Association's National Conference taking place from August 31st to September 2nd. The theme of the event will be the Art of Communication, stammering and artistic expression.

The Doncaster Stammering Association, which is organising the event, promises an attractive programme of keynote speeches and workshops, as well as rumours of a disco, karaoke and a ceilidh!

For more information, and to book places, go to their website here.

Communication MattersCommunication Matters

National Conference 2012

Consortium member Communication Matters, a charity specialising in helping people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), is already taking bookings for its National Conference which will be held at the University of Leicester from September 23rd to 25th.

There will be a range of seminars, workshops and discussion sessions to attend at the conference.

For more information, or to book a place, visit their website here.

Call for Trustees

Communication Matters needs Trustees with a range of skills who can help to develop it as an organisation and implement its strategic objectives. Particularly important this year are a range of perspectives on AAC as well as skills in lobbying, organising and leading events, producing awareness raising and training materials, evaluation of grant applications and reviewing and selecting papers to be included in the annual conference,.

This year there will be 4 vacancies on the Board of Trustees, to be elected by Associate members at the next Annual Meeting this September.

If you want to help Communication Matters develop and further its aims and objectives, have time to devote to work as a Board member, and you are a current Individual member of Communication Matters (or are applying for membership), then download the nomination form below and return it to us by Friday 10 August 2012.

Please click here to download the nomination form.

I CANI CAN - Talking the Language of School Improvement day course

Clive Robson and Mary Hartshorne from I CAN are running a one day course called Talking the Language of School Improvement on Friday 13th July in central London.

It is aimed at those working in schools to help improve pupils’ speech, language and communication skills and will focus on how their work can dovetail with the main drivers currently in school- raising pupil achievement,  improving the quality of teaching, improving behaviour, Ofsted and making use of school data to plan for effective interventions (Mary and Clive promise to make the data section fun!).

Please click here to find out more information and to register for the course.

NDCSNational Deaf Children's Society - Stolen futures report

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has launched the Stolen futures report which shows that one in four local authorities are cutting services for deaf children and many more are under threat.

These and future plans to cut services could have serious consequences for deaf children. Please email your MP about the report today asking them to tell the Government what they must do to protect services for deaf children for the future.

NLTNational Literacy Trust - London Champions recognised at City Hall

Recenlty families and volunteers from across the capital visited City Hall in recognition of their involvement in an innovative National Literacy Trust project, Literacy Champions, which is funded by the Mayor of London. The initiative is part of Team London, the Mayor's strategy to harness volunteers from across the capital to deliver key projects to improve the quality of life and opportunities of Londoners.

Literacy Champions aims to help the one London child in three that struggles with literacy. In the last year more than 450 volunteers have become Literacy Champions to show parents how they can support their children’s literacy development. 859 families from disadvantaged areas in 19 boroughs have benefited from the project so far.

The scheme supports parents over a course of five weeks, encouraging them to share books with their children and introducing them to fun learning activities they can take part in with their child. Emerging findings indicate that parents feel more confident about sharing books with their child and about visiting the library as a result of the project. Parents have reported an increase in the number of times they visit the library and share a book with their child in an average week.

For more information, click here.

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