The Communication Trust Newsletter
August 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:


Join our team!

We currently have two vacancies to join The Communication Trust, both have deadlines for applications coming up very soon so please take a look and get in touch if you have any questions.

Professional Advisor (Speech and Language Therapist)

Do you want to be part of a fantastic team and help deliver our strategy? We need an excellent Professional Advisor to work collaboratively delivering our government funded contract.

Coming from a speech and language therapy background and with experience working with
school age children, you will provide high-quality expert advice, develop accessible information, learning materials and resources and ensure effective evaluation of this work across the areas of primary and secondary education.

Please click here to download the application pack.

Closing date for applications is 10am Wednesday 27th August. Interviews will take place in London in the first week of September.

Operations and Finance Administrator

Do you want to join a friendly, hardworking team working towards the vision that every child and young person is enabled to communicate to the very best of their ability?

We are looking for a dynamic administrator to support our policy and project work with schools and voluntary sector partners in the second year of our contract with the Department for Education. You will be joining a committed team and will work on a range of projects in a fast paced environment offering project, communications and finance support.

We are looking for a candidate who is organised, has good communication skills and the ability to multi-task. Previous office experience is required and, as financial administration will be about a fifth of your role, we would like you to be confident in using Microsoft Excel. Strong literacy and numeracy skills and accurate attention to detail is also essential.

Please click here to download the application pack.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 4th September 2014. Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th September 2014 in London.

Resources for the new school year

It's already nearly the start of the new school year and many teaching staff are currently getting their classrooms ready and getting the resources they need for their new class. We have a number of resources that will help you support the speech, language and communication needs of the children and young people you work with...

Age 4 Progression ToolThe Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tools

These are a suite of Tools which aim to support teaching staff to identify children who may be struggling to develop their speech, language and communication skills.

Currently there are Tools available for those working with ages 4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10. They aim to provide a relatively quick way of determining where children are against where they should be for their age and provide more information about how these vital skills are progressing.

To find out more please click here.

No Pens Day Wednesday

NPDWThis is all about encouraging schools to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. This year we're suggesting schools run their No Pens Day on Wednesday 15th October, but you can run it any day that suits you best.

We provide all the resources you need to run your day, completely free of charge, and they're all available as downloads on our website. There's also an Activity Pack to help you run your day.

Please click here to register and to find out more.

CommitmentThe Communication Commitment

The Communication Commitment is a free online resource that helps schools support all pupils, including those with speech, language and communication needs, to communicate to the best of their ability. Using the Commitment’s wealth of free resources and guidance, schools can develop a structured, whole-school approach to supporting pupils’ communication.

Please click here to find out more.

What WorksWhat Works

What Works is a free virtual library of evidenced interventions to support children’s speech, language and communication. The site is for any practitioner who makes decisions about what interventions to use in their setting.

You’ll also find a factsheet which suggests ways in which What Works can support practitioners in light of the 2014 Code of Practice.

Please click here to find out more.


Council for Disabled Children – Learn more about engaging young people

Making Ourselves HeardThe Making Ourselves Heard network is running an exclusive seminar on how to engage disabled children and young people and those with SEN in the SEND reforms. The seminar is a chance to hear directly from disabled young people from EPIC about the impact of their involvement in the SEND reforms process. You will also hear from expert speakers in disabled young people's participation as well as interactive workshops to share learning and best practice.

When: Thursday 27th November 10am - 4pm
Where: National Children's Bureau
Take advantage of our Early Bird Rate if you book before 30th September 2014.
For more information or to register your interest please contact Georgie Lund on


Early Support app

Early SupportThe Early Support app has now been launched!

The app has been designed to provide an easy way for the parents or carers of a disabled child or young person to store, share and organise information about their child and the support and services they receive. It places families at the centre, enabling them to choose what information to
upload, and who they want to share information with; be that doctors, nurses, teachers or social workers.

For more information and to start using the app, please click here.


New, free resources for parents from PACEY

PaceyPACEY (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has published a new suite of resources to help parents support their children in preparing for school – and also cope with the first few weeks of school.

This activity builds on the results of PACEY’s research report ‘What does school ready really mean?’ published last year which found that parents felt they needed better guidance on how to prepare their children for school.

The resources, including a ‘Preparing your child for school’ guide, factsheets, and activity sheets for children and videos are available here.





Optimus Education - Is your early years setting prepared to implement the new 0-25 SEND Code of Practice?

Optimus Education’s upcoming Early Identification & Intervention of SEN in the Early Years conference (taking place on 22nd October in London) is your unique opportunity to clarify how the changes impact you and ensure you are fully prepared to support the children you work with.

Key learning objectives on the day include:

  • New Code of Practice & Graduated Approach: Leave with a comprehensive update on how the new Code affects you as an early years provider and how to practically implement the new graduated approach
  • Early Identification: Implement a clear protocol for early identification of SEN in your setting through confident observation, assessment and planning
  • Parents: Take away effective strategies to work in partnership with parents and appropriately broach those difficult initial concerns
  • Plus, key focuses on the day include: Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Autism Spectrum Conditions and Behaviour
Plus, quote your promotional code COMMTRUST to save 20% off the standard delegate rate.

Please click here to find out more.


Living with a stammer – new play in Brighton

Nye Russell-Thompson, a Performing Arts Graduate, has written and performed the following play in Brighton recently.

Just a Few Words’ explores the difficulties with communication that stammerers often experience: you know exactly what you want to say, but words get stuck in your mouth. Anxious, stressed and frustrated, you become trapped in a self-deprecating thought-loop, your mouth tripping over itself trying to deliver the message that you can shout and sing in your head. 

But you’ve paused for so long now; they can’t still be interested, surely! You’re flicking all the switches, buttons and levers in your head to try to form just one stupid little word, but something’s stuck in the mechanism. So when you want to communicate something as important as telling someone exactly how they make you feel, how the hell do you?

The performance uses signs that detail the inner-monologue of a person with a stammer and anxiety, specifically the regression of self-support to frustration, to pure insults. 

The intention is to give audience members the opportunity to understand what having a stammer is like, through a relatable person who stammers and becomes increasingly frustrated with himself whilst trying to tell a person how he feels about them.

If you’re interested in checking out the play, you can find out the details about the next performance below.

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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 and young people.

If your organisation would like to become a member of The Communication Trust’s Consortium please go to or for more information e-mail

Ambitious about AutismAmbitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism are recruiting for a number of vacancies, including a new Chair of Ambitious College, a number of Governor vacancies and a Learning and Behaviour Specialist.

Please click here for more information.

Contact a FamilyContact a Family - Benefits checklist for parents

Money Matters is a guide for parents of children with special needs with information on:

  • help with rent, mortgage and council tax
  • money and vouchers for having children
  • help at school
  • help at home
  • help at work
  • transport
  • practical help
  • benefits

You can download a copy from Contact a Family's website here, or ask for a free copy by calling their helpline on 0808 808 3555.

I CANI CAN - Talking Point

Text to come




NLTNational Literacy Trust - shortlisted for Third Sector Award

We are happy to hear that the National Literacy Trust has been recognised by the Third Sector Awards, earning a nomination in the Corporate Partnership category.

The National Literacy Trust has been working with British Land to produce events and activities around literacy to encourage children to love reading.

The Young Readers Programme sees pupils, schools and community partners come together to make reading fun for children in disadvantaged areas. Each project is tailored to suit the needs of the pupils, allowing them to take part in fun projects and choose their own book to keep, often the first books they will own.

To find out more please click here.

Books about Town
The National Trust has also launched a new project called Books about Town. The National Literacy Trust are working collaboratively with Wild in Art to bring Books about Town to the streets of London this summer. Trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists to celebrate stories linked to London, and to promote reading for enjoyment.

Supported by Visit England, Books about Town will build on the legacy of the Olympic mascots in London in 2012 and become a major tourist attraction for the city. After the summer all of the benches are going to be auctioned at an exclusive event at the Southbank Centre to help raise valuable funds for the National Literacy Trust. The funds will then be used to tackle low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK. 

If you would like to find out more please click here. You can also check out the Books about Town Twitter page by clicking here.

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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