The Communication Trust Newsletter
December 2014


The Communication Trust is a coalition of 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:


Festive wishes from the whole team!

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Reminder - our latest resource is now ready to order!

Age 3 Progression ToolThe Progression Tools are a suite of Tools which were developed to support schools and early years settings to find out more detail about the speech, language and communication skills of individual children. They aim to provide a 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.

One of the prime areas in the English Early Years Foundation Stage is communication and language. Our latest Tool provides an opportunity to identify whether children are developing in line with their age in this area. The age 3 Tool has been tested out in a number of early years settings, on a range of children and is now ready to purchase.

Thank you to everyone who has reviewed and tested this Tool, your feedback has been invaluable in shaping the final resource.

Please click here to order your copy.



Supporting parents and commissioners to access the information from the Better Communication Research Programme

The Trust has been working with Symbol UK and Better Communication CIC to help share the findings and information from the Better Communication Research Programme.

Symbol websiteIn October, Symbol UK launched a new website for parents to help translate some of the key findings. The website aims to be accessible to all parents. Where parents find reading difficult it is hoped that people supporting them, such as Health Visitors and Family Support staff, will help them go through the information.

The website also explains key information about the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice that parents need to know.

Please click to here view the website.

Next month commissioners will be able to view the information that Better Communication CIC have developed on the findings, so please watch this space!


Read On. Get On. Report Launch

Read On Get OnThe Read On. Get On. coalition was launched earlier this year in response to the UK’s reading challenge, the campaign aims to get all children reading well by the age of 11, by 2025.

Read On. Get On. released a new report this month, Reading England’s Future: Mapping how well the poorest children read.

The report compared the reading abilities of children at age 11 across the country’s parliamentary constituencies. The report found that socially disadvantaged children in better off rural areas and the Home Counties are falling behind their peers in UK cities in terms of their literacy skills. This suggests that some areas will have further to go than others as the report found that the reading abilities of children from socially disadvantaged areas varies massively across the country.

In the best performing areas, close to nine out of ten socially disadvantaged children read well. In the worst performing areas, four out of ten are falling behind. This means that there is no part of the country that does not need to do more to reach the goal of all children reading well by 11. Having recognised this, the report calls on local communities to join the campaign and to support and promote the goal.

To read the report, please click here.

To find out more information about the Read On. Get On. campaign, please click here.


Cambridge Oracy Assessment Project - materials now online!

The Cambridge Oracy Assessment Project, funded by the Educational Endowment Foundation have released the materials produced during the project at the University of Cambridge. The project was carried out in a London free school, School21, who have a substantial focus on oracy in their school.

The materials include the skills framework, task instructions, task materials and example videos with commentaries. These materials will provide a toolkit for assessing how well children of 11-12 years old can use spoken English for different purposes and in different contexts.

To access the free downloads, please click here.


'There Is No Them!’ Child, Youth, Family and Disability Conference - 7th and 8th July, 2015 - 10.00am - 4.00pm

The aim of the conference is to provide a space for disabled children, young people, family members and practitioners to share their ideas, knowledge and expertise and to celebrate their lives. This year’s conference theme is 'There is no them!'. The organisers are inviting contributors to talk about the ways in which it is possible to talk about the lives of disabled children, young people and their families.

It would be a great opportunity for disabled children, young people, their parents and carers as well as activists and academics in the field of disability studies and childhood studies to present at and to attend the event. They would like to include people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments as well as those people with mental health issues.  

You can offer a poem, a paper, a film or drama etc. If this is something you are interested in, please send a short description of the ideas for your presentation by 21st May 2015 to

To find out more information and to register for the conference, please click here.





News from our members

The Communication Trust is a consortium of 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

AfasicAfasic - Radio 4 Appeal

Afasic are excited to announce that they will be the featured charity of the Radio 4 Appeal on Sunday 28 December and Sir Derek Jacobi, star of stage and screen, will be presenting the appeal. 

This appeal will raise awareness of the hidden disability of speech, language and communication needs.
If this is something you are interested in, tune in and listen on Sunday 28th December at 7.55am or 9.26pm and help Afasic make the appeal a resounding success!

The appeal will also be repeated on New Year’s Day at 3.27pm or you can click here to listen on demand. 

Better CommunicationBetter Communication - Last call for pilot schools for January!

The Balanced System® Scheme for Schools is a whole system approach to improving outcomes for children and young people across the whole range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Scheme provides tools for school development as well as the option to gain an award in SLCN and is supported by NAPLIC and Afasic. The Scheme for Schools has been developed in response to demand from schools for a whole system’s approach to understanding the school’s role in commissioning and providing support for children and young people with SLCN, alongside specialist services such as speech and language therapists and specialist teachers.

To find out more about how to register your school for the January  2015 pilot please click here.

Communication MattersCommunication Matters - CM2015 National AAC Conference

Following this year's highly successful Communication Matters Conference at the University of Leeds, Communication Matters are delighted to announce that next year's Conference will be held again at the same venue, on 13-15 September 2015. 

A Call for Papers and the conference registration form will be available shortly.

More information about the conference is available here.

I CANI CAN - Can you help I CAN make an impact with Talk about Talk

I CAN have funding to work with five organisations over the next year to further embed this training and tutoring course for young people aged 14-24 years with communication difficulties.

If you would like to participate, email or read more here.


NASThe National Autistic Society - NAS Young Ambassador gives TEDMED talk

Rosie King, who lives in Wakefield, received the prestigious invitation to give the talk after TEDMED organisers saw her Emmy Kids award-winning BBC Newsround film My Autism and Me, in which she talks about growing up with Asperger syndrome and the importance of public understanding.

A film of Rosie’s inspirational speech at TEDMED’S annual gathering in Washington DC in September is now available to watch on TEDMED.

If you would like to find out more information about Rosie, please click here.

If you would like to watch the film, please click here.


Contact us

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The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE


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