Local Co-ordinator Newsletter
October 2012


HelloHello and welcome to the October 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.

Book your place to help crack communication

The Trust is running its second Cracking Communication Conference, this time in Manchester, on Tuesday 13th November.

It’s an informative event, aimed at offering help and advice to schools in supporting outcomes in all children and young people through enhancing and promoting good language and communication skills. There are up to 200 places available, so make sure you book early!

Keynote speakers include Anne Duffy, HMI from Ofsted, Geoff Lindsay from the Better Communication Research Programme, and our own Professional Director Wendy Lee.

Delegates will also be able to choose from a number of afternoon workshops, including engagement with parents and families and creating communication-friendly schools – click here for more information.

An ‘early bird’ rate of £150 per place is available for those booking before 26th October – click here to book your place.

If you know other people who would be interested in the conference, please pass on our flyer to your networks.


No Pens Day Wednesday – bigger and better than before!

Big thanks to you all for promoting No Pens Day Wednesday 2012 and helping to make it the biggest yet!

NPDWMore than 500,000 children in over 1,100 schools across the UK and the world put down their pens on 10th October to mark the second No Pens Day Wednesday.

We were delighted to see so many schools making the commitment to place an emphasis on speech and language, by banning pens for the day and instead using creative ways to speak their way through the day.

To find out more, read our full press release here.

We were delighted to have a blog post by Chris Lloyd, from the Discovery Federation of Schools in Andover, featured on the Guardian’s Teacher Network Blog. Click here to read more about what Chris’ school did for No Pens Day Wednesday.

It had a truly international flavour this year with schools as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, Spain and Zimbabwe signing up to take part. This was represented by an interview on Tasmanian radio station 936 ABC Hobart, which visited Riverside Primary School in Launceston, and spoke with children and speech pathologist Danielle Le Rossignol. Click here to listen to them talk about some of their fantastic ‘talking-only’ activities.

The school is looking to make links with a school in the UK to share their experiences of No Pens Day Wednesday. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, please contact Nicola Matthews on nmatthews@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk for more information.

If you know of any schools who took part who would be interested in acting as case studies for us, please ask them to contact lmilford@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk with a short piece (roughly 200-250 words) explaining why they took part in No Pens Day Wednesday, what activities they did and what impact it had on the children. If they can also include pictures in a jpeg format, that would be fantastic. We will try to use these stories in a special section on our website.


Shine a Light Awards 2012: Update

Excitement is building around the Shine a Light Awards 2012!

Entries have now closed and shortlisting has taken place. The judges will be doing the hard work of making the decision on the winners at a special event held today at Pearson’s headquarters in Strand, London.

Paul RossWe’re also delighted to announce that the celebrity host at this year’s award ceremony will be television presenter Paul Ross.

Mr Ross has formerly been a journalist and radio presenter, and is perhaps best known as showbiz reporter on This Morning. He played the part of ‘Mr Sit-up Britain’ in the film Bridget Jones’ Diary and was a contestant on Channel 4’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me in 2009.

Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the word about the Shine a Light Awards 2012 and bringing in some interesting applications.


Invitations to those attending the ceremony on 23rd November will be sent out next week.


Trust chosen to support Local Authorities in providing quality early years’ education

We’re delighted to be able to announce that the Trust has been chosen as a ‘recommended supplier’ for local authorities looking at boosting the skills of their children’s workforce to deliver the two-year-old offer.

We were selected by management consultancy Mott MacDonald to facilitate delivery of our new Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication, developed with City & Guilds.

The Award is a national CPD accredited qualification, ensuring a direct link from learning to practice and it’s the first time a qualification focused solely on speech, language and communication has appeared on the Qualification and Credits Framework (QCF).

To read the Trust’s full press release, click here.

The Award has already been trialled by a partnership involving Nottinghamshire County Council and Vision West Nottinghamshire College, a local further education college. To see a case study of how this worked click here.

If you’re interested in running the Award in your area, please contact programme manager Eve Wagg on ewagg@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk


Learning about communication – Through the eyes of a child

We’ve launched a series of films, aimed primarily at parents, highlighting how children aged 0-3 use interaction with their parents or carers to learn to communicate.

Through the eyes of a childThe four films, which have been viewed more than 1,000 times since their launch, cover the 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 and 2-3 years age ranges with actress Kathy Burke providing the 'voice' of the child. They highlight what children respond to and what they struggle with, for example enjoying it when parents get down to their level but finding it hard to follow lots of instructions.

The films were commissioned by Jean Gross, formerly the Government's Communication Champion for children, to form one of the legacies of the Hello campaign (national year of communication) run in partnership with the Trust.

You can view the films by clicking here.

We have also produced a guidance document for the early years’ workforce to support them in using the films in their work with parents. This is available here.

There is also a series of factboxes to accompany the films which can be downloaded and handed to parents. Click the links below for the relevant information:

  1. 0-6 months
  2. 6-12 months
  3. 1-2 years
  4. 2-3 years

Update on the Children and Families Bill

As you may already be aware, on the 3rd September, draft legislation on ‘Reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs’ was released. This can be read here.

The Education Select Committee began the Pre-legislative Scrutiny into Special Educational Needs on 7th September and you can read a list of questions being addressed in the inquiry here.

The Communication Trust had a discussion at its last Communication Consortium meeting to discuss the implications these could have for children and young people with SLCN and a task group of members of the consortium was set up to carry out more detailed work on the Bill as it goes through the processes. The task group has already made a submission to the pre-legislative inquiry which will be published online here once the Committee has published its evidence.


Time to 'Celebrate Good Times'

As we’re approaching the festive season – there are less than 68 shopping days to Christmas! – it’s the perfect time to be making the most of using communication in your celebrations.

Let's celebrateHere's a reminder of our Celebrate Good Times downloadable toolkit from the Hello campaign, to give you some ideas and activities to use to celebrate communication milestones, whether they’re big or small.
There are activities for celebrating special moments in your child’s life, ideas for holding a mini awards ceremony and advice on celebrating different cultures and languages.

The toolkit was created with help from partners from across the country, including Leicestershire County Council, the Makaton charity, London SIG Bilingualism, Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Speech and Language Therapy Service and Plymouth City Council, who kindly provided activities and advice.

Please click here to download the Celebrate Good Times toolkit.

Do you have any other activities you use with children to celebrate significant occasions? Send us your ideas to enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

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

Afasic - Voice for Life, new events in 2012/13

Earlier this year, Afasic teamed up with The Communication Trust to run three free events for parents, professionals and young people called Voice for Life events.

They are now planning a further three events, running into 2013.

These will take place at:
- The University of the West of England, Bristol, on Thursday 6th December 2012
- Haydock Park, Merseyside, on Thursday 7th February 2013
- North London, on Tuesday 5th March 2013

The day will offer workshops about speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) for parents/carers and/or professionals facilitated by The Communication Trust members and local agencies and activities for school groups.

The programme for Bristol is now available and includes 36 workshops as well as an exhibition. Click here for more information and to register.

For more information on any of these FREE events please contact Carol Lingwood on carol.lingwood@btopenworld.com

Better Communication CICBetter Communication CIC - Training courses

The Better Communication CIC is holding two courses in London in November 2012. The first (14th November) will be about identifying and influencing commissioners and will be aimed at speech and language therapists and other allied health professionals. The second course (15th November) will be looking at supporting speech and language therapists to navigate the competitive tendering process of ‘any qualified provider’.

To find out more about this training please click here.  

Communication MattersCommunication Matters - What are you doing for International AAC Awareness Month?

October is International AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) Awareness month and there is still plenty of activities you can do.

Consortium member Communication Matters has suggested the following ideas:

  1. Get creative – why not organise an event in your area to get people talking about AAC and how it can help people who struggle to communicate? If you need resources, Communication Matters can help supply ‘Focus on’ introductory leaflets, Top Tips calendars, key fobs, booklets and much more. For more information email admin@communicationmatters.org.uk
  2. Online AAC Collection - if you are a user of AAC, why not submit a poem, story, cartoon, slideshow or video for the 2012 Online AAC Collection? Your entry could be published on the International AAC Awareness Month website. For more information, visit www.aacawareness.org/invitation.html
  3. Raise funds as well as awareness – in your workplace, sports club or school you could hold a Sweepstake to help support the work of Communication Matters. Click here to download a sweepstake poster and start collecting donations.

KIDSKIDS launch eLearning package

KIDS has launched a new eLearning package for schools, aimed at ensuring an inclusive welcome to all disabled children regardless of their impairment. As part of the ‘Delivering Inclusion’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has created an eLearning suite aimed at all school staff, from non-teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors, through to SENCOs, teachers, head teachers and school governors.

Titled ‘Creating an Attitude of Inclusion’, this eLearning provides examples of best practice and professional guidance to support schools in ensuring that they foster a supportive environment, so that disabled children and young people can learn alongside their non-disabled friends and peers.

To access the free eLearning suite please create your account here.

To find out more about the ’Delivering Inclusion’ project please click here.

St Catherine'sSt Catherine's Skills For Life film launched

St Catherine's is a national charity working with children and young people with speech, language and communication impairments and a member of the Communication Consortium.

St Catherine’s have just launched Skills For Life, a new film written, produced and narrated by students from St Catherine’s School and Grove Hill Further Education Centre on the Isle of Wight.

The film features young people talking about their lives and aspirations. The film is part of the Campaign! Accentuate Project, celebrating collaboration between disabled young people in the South East with those from competitor countries, as they work together to build campaigns to raise awareness on issues that affect them in their respective countries. It was funded by Legacy Trust UK to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To find out more and watch the video please click here.

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