The Communication Trust Newsletter
May 2014


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, important information from the sector and provide updates from our Consortium members.

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 Trust.

For more information, please email:


Update on the SEND reforms – preparing for implementation

Our online survey on preparing for implementation of the SEND reforms has received a fantastic response, with over 180 responses so far.  Thank you very much to everyone who has participated!

To ensure as many respondents as possible are able to share their thoughts with us we’ll be keeping the survey open until Monday 16th June. We're hoping to receive over 200 respondents to this important survey.

We understand that it’s quite a busy time and we’d like to give people as much opportunity as possible to give us their input about what support and guidance would be most useful in implementing the reforms, in order to best meet the needs of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and their families.

The information you share with us and your support in distributing the survey to colleagues would be greatly appreciated and will help us ensure that useful, practical information is available.

You can access the survey here:

You can find out more about our work so far in this area here:


The Communication Trust’s Code of Practice consultation response

In April 2014, the Government released a revised draft of the SEND Code of Practice for a short 6 week consultation period. This revised version incorporates feedback from the previous consultation and includes information around the amendments that were made to the Children and Families Bill later in its passage, including the extension of the Act to all disabled children and young people and to the youth justice system.

The consultation sought responses on only 9 specific questions focused on aspects of the Code relating to these amended sections. You can view a full list of the questions here and the revised code itself here.
We submitted our response on Tuesday 6th May and focused on some key points we welcomed as well as those key issues we felt needed strengthening in the revised code.

You can read our response in full here and we will keep our website up to date with information about the 2014 SEND reforms and the final Code of Practice.

By the end of May, The Trust will have responded to five separate consultations within the space of a month. These include:

  • Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions - Child Poverty Strategy
  • Department for Education - Childminder agencies and changes to the local authority role: consultation document
  • Ofsted- Introduction of separate graded judgements on early school years and the sixth form
  • Ofsted- Proposed revisions to the framework for inspecting initial teacher education
  • Department for Education - Revised Draft Code of Practice

To see these responses in full, please click here.



The Trust is on the road

Over the next two months members of our team will be travelling all over the country to attend a number of conferences. We'll be handing out free copies of our resources, talking to people about our work and our latest projects, and showing off our fantastic new Progression Tools which are available to purchase here.

We hope to see many of you and look forward to hearing about the inspiring work practitioners are doing with children and young people and we'd really like to hear how the information and resources we provide are helping you to do this.

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If you are running a conference over the coming months and wish to offer us the opportunity to have a display stand or provide a presenter, please e-mail


SEND pathfinder champions announced

The pathfinder champion programme began in April 2013 and initially ran for 12 months. On 9th December 2013, the Minister for Children and Families announced that the programme would be extended until March 2015 to ensure support is available for all local areas during the critical period running up to September 2014 and beyond.

For the current phase of the programme (April 2014 to March 2015) SEND pathfinders from the previous phase were given the opportunity to apply to become SEND pathfinder champions either individually or as a consortium (with the choice of including non pathfinder local authorities) for both regional and/ or national roles. 

After careful consideration 11 SEND pathfinder champions formed from 20 pathfinders and 17 non-pathfinder local authorities have been selected for the 9 regions. 

The new pathfinder champions will act as the first point of contact for other councils, ensuring each region is ready for the reforms coming into effect from September 2014. 

For more information and the full list of the champions, please visit the Government website or the pathfinder website.


Nominations for the 2014 Giving Voice campaign awards are now open

givingvoicelogoNominations for the 2014 Giving Voice and International Communication Project awards are now open.

The 2014 Giving Voice Innovation Award is open to anybody who has made a significant and innovative contribution to the Giving Voice campaign since September 2013. This could be a speech and language therapist, assistant or student, a service user, a parent or carer, a politician, journalist or even a celebrity. It is open to individuals and teams.

The 2014 International Communication Project award is open to anybody that has made a significant contribution to the International Communication Project since the campaign began.

For more information, and to download a nomination form, visit the Giving Voice website.

Nominations for the awards close on Sunday 20th July at 5pm. 


Centre for Social Justice Awards 2014 - nominations are now open

csj logoNominations for the 2014 Centre for Social Justice Awards are now open.

Centre for Social Justice Awards are given to community-based charities and voluntary groups that are preventing poverty or helping people and families caught in damaging situations to turn their lives around. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and reward some of the best initiatives throughout the UK that are helping people to find a sustainable way out of the situations they are in.

Winning organisations will receive a £10,000 cash prize, awarded at a high-profile evening celebration in London on 23rd October 2014, before an audience of 400 key influencers including MPs, philanthropists and policy makers.

To apply for the award you must:

  • Be a voluntary group with charitable objectives, or a registered charity
  • Work directly with people living in social or financial poverty in the UK (this can include working in areas like addiction, unemployment, educational failure, family breakdown and money management)
  • Be seeking solutions that will help people out of poverty and enable them to change their lives
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £3 million.

The deadline for applications is Friday 6th June.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.





New publications from the Council for Disabled Children

CDC_Logo_180pxThe Council for Disabled Children has recently published two companion publications, Dignity & Inclusion Making It Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs and Making It Work for Children with Behaviour that Challenges. These books provide invaluable practical guidance, templates and best practice examples for settings across education, health, social care and leisure to ensure inclusivity for children and young people with complex health care needs and/or behaviour that challenges.

The books are particularly useful to all settings amid the Children and Families Act 2014 reforms and the recently published statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions.

The books can be purchased at links below, priced £24.99 each or buy one get one free with discount to NCB members and when buying 5 or more copies.

Making It Work for Children with Behaviour that Challenges:

Dignity & Inclusion Making It Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs:



Maternity cover at The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

The Dyslexia SPLD TrustThe Dyslexia-SpLD Trust is looking for a highly skilled Manager to support the Director with the day-to-day running of a multi-faceted government funded contract.

The role:

  • Ensure the smooth and efficient running of the project office
  • Lead and co-ordinate activities with others to ensure that KPIs are met
  • Oversee the production and tracking of systems and documentation
  • Production of project progress reports
  • Oversee the creation, update and maintenance of databases
  • Management of The Trust budget
  • Oversee communications planning and activity, including; website content and design, social media and newsletters
  • Develop relationships with related and local statutory and voluntary organisations
  • Assist in the running and administration of the Steering Group
  • Handle media enquiries

Deadline for applications is Friday 30th May.

Please click here for more information.


Centre Manager position with The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is looking for a Centre Manager for the newly-established ESRC International manchester logoCentre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). The Centre will study how children learn to communicate with language, how the developing brain supports this process, and how it is affected by cross-linguistic, socio-cultural and individual variation. The Centre will be launched on 1st September 2014.

Along with the Centre Director and the Centre Administrator, you will be based at the University of Manchester. You will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the Centre along with the Centre Director and the other four academic directors. You will manage the delivery of impact, oversee day-to-day operations, provide financial control, co-ordinate the Centre’s management and research groups and, with the Centre Director, have line management responsibility for the Centre Administrator.

You must have previous experience of project management, experience of working in the higher education sector or academic environment, a comprehensive knowledge of office systems and procedures, proven problem-solving skills, excellent communication skills both written and spoken, and an ability to take a strong and positive proactive approach to work underpinned by a flexible attitude.

The deadline for applications is 6th June 2014.

For more information, and to apply, please visit here.


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich's international online survey

As part of a joint research project, the chair for speech therapy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the chair for speech pathology at the University for Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland are conducting an international survey on inclusion and speech therapy.lmulogo

The aim of the survey is to learn more about the personal experiences and working conditions of speech and language therapists, overall contentment within the field and the various therapeutic and educational approaches within the inclusive classroom. 

Already the project has received considerable support from several professional associations from Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Austria. Around 1,000 members of these associations have already completed the survey. Currently the survey is also conducted in France, Italy, Luxembourg, the USA and the UK.

To complete the survey please click here.

Answering the questionnaire will take about 12 minutes of your time. The survey closes on Sunday 15th June.

Please contact Carla Fladung ( if you have any questions.


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 or for more information e-mail

CenmacCENMAC - Communication Works 2014

Charlton Park Academy and CENMAC will present their annual Communication Works exhibition and seminar day on Thursday 12th June of this year. The event offers attendees the opportunity to see some of the latest developments in communication and assistive technology. Opening the exhibition will be Mark Rowland, a musician and representative from Drake Music. There will also be a representative from Wolfson Neurodisability Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital, along with a number of other seminars, workshops and exhibits.

Communication Works will take place at Charlton Park Academy in London. Tickets are £12.

Please find more information on the event and how to book here. To contact CENMAC please email

For media enquiries please contact Tracey Francis on 020 8249 6844 ext 260 or email:

Communication MattersCommunication Matters - CM2014 National AAC Conference

The abstracts review committee have been very busy evaluating 70 submissions. They now face the difficult but rewarding task of putting together this year's programme by selecting from the many high quality abstracts.

New for 2014 will be a Research stream, Poster session and a stream for people who use AAC.

Opening the Conference on Sunday 14th September will be 'Seen but Seldom Heard', an energetic group of young people working to change perceptions of disability through poetry and performance.

Sunday night will feature the eagerly awaited live performance by our Patron Lee Ridley (aka 'Lost Voice Guy'), who will be fresh from performing again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! He has been universally praised for "making comedy out of silence", "a Geordie without an accent", "an accomplished communication aid speed dater" and "Ross Noble's warm up act".

Trade Exhibition - Integral to the conference is the very popular supplier exhibition which will be open throughout the conference, with a coffee bar and lounge area.

Residential accommodation will be in high quality student accommodation, which is at the centre of the pedestrianised campus and a short distance from the seminar rooms, dining room and exhibition.

Book your place now to take advantage of the Earlybird discounted rates (payment must be received by 31st July).

I CAN 110pxI CAN - 'Talking the Language of School Improvement' 7 July 2014, London

Are you working in schools to help improve pupils’ speech, language and communication?

This course will look at how Ofsted make judgments and ensure that your work responds to what drives schools: raising pupil achievement, improving the quality of teaching, improving pupil behaviour and effective Pupil Premium spend. Book now!

Read Clive Robson, Tutor, I CAN Adviser and additional Ofsted inspector's blog for more information.

National Literacy Trust - Free Private Peaceful resource NLT Logo 110px

Into Film and the National Literacy Trust bring you a new, free film and literacy resource based on the critically acclaimed novel and film Private Peaceful, for use across the Key Stage 3 curriculum. The guide to teaching Private Peaceful includes exclusive footage and activities to inspire and stimulate discussion around the First World War.

The free resource will be available later in May, but in the meantime, you can watch behind-the-scenes interviews here and order the Private Peaceful DVD at a special discounted price in the schools area on the official Private Peaceful website.


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


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