Local Co-ordinator Newsletter
December 2012


HelloHello and welcome to the December 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.

Goodbye, Hello - The Trust welcomes in a new strategy and releases Hello evaluation report

Goodbye HelloThe Communication Trust celebrated the end of 2012 by publishing the evaluation of the Hello campaign and announcing our new five-year strategy.

The evaluation highlights some of the work that took place during the year and the impact of the campaign.

Although the national year of communication is over, we will continue working to make sure speech, language and communication remains a burning issue. Our strategy highlights our plans for 2013-2017 including making sure the children’s workforce has the skills, knowledge and confidence to support children in developing good communication as well as identifying and supporting those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

It explains our vision, what we're aiming to do and our objectives to meet these aims. It also highlights the beliefs, values and approaches that shape our work.

We will be calling on all our Hello supporters and Consortium members to join us on this journey to keep the importance of children’s communication on the political and educational agenda.

Our press release can be viewed here.

The Hello evaluation can be viewed here.

A summary of our strategy can be downloaded here.

As key supporters of the Trust and champions of the Hello campaign, if you would like a copy of the evaluation report or the summary of our strategy, please e-mail Jo Bolton on jbolton@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

And if you would like to help spread the word about what you did for Hello, you can download our toolkit here.


Shine a Light Awards: Winners announced

Shine a LightThe winners of the Shine a Light Awards 2012 were announced at a glittering award ceremony, hosted by TV and radio personality Paul Ross.

The awards, run by The Communication Trust and sponsor Pearson Assessment, rewarded more than 25 individuals, teams and schools for their work in supporting children and young people's communication development, particularly those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

To read the official press release, click here.

Case studies of the award winners are available here.

Thank you to everyone who helped us to promote the awards this year or who nominated someone for them. You helped to make the awards a huge success and a very enjoyable event for everyone who attended.


Communication Conference – A ‘cracking’ day had by all!

The Cracking Communication Conference, which took place on November 13th in Manchester, linked together policy, evidence and practice in order to support schools to identify children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and for all children to achieve their potential through better communication skills.

ConferenceThere was a fantastic line-up of speakers, including Anne Duffy, a representative from Ofsted, Professor Geoff Lindsay from The Better Communication Research Programme, and Wendy Lee, from The Communication Trust. Additionally, there was a range of professional-led workshops to attend, as well as an exhibition, which gave delegates networking opportunities and the chance to see resources firsthand.         
We were delighted to have over 110 delegates there on the day and feedback has been really positive. One delegate kindly summed up the day, “A very enjoyable and informative conference. Excellent standard of speakers and workshops and lots of opportunity for networking and sharing ideas. Thank you very much."

Thank you again to everyone who supported and attended the conference. If you would like any further information, please email Amy Harker on AHarker@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk


Information workshop on the Level 3 Award in Speech, Language and Communication

Local authorities looking to boost the skills of their early years’ settings can attend an information workshop in London on 9th March about the Level 3 Award ‘Supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication’.

The Trust developed the award, with City & Guilds, to support practitioners’ continued professional development and it enables the workforce to develop their skills and knowledge to effectively support children’s speech, language and communication development, as well as identifying and supporting those who are struggling.

The Award offers a robust training route for those involved in programmes such as Every Child A Talker and the Early Language Development Programme and sits on the Qualification and Credits Framework (QCF). To access the Award please visit the following website: www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/qualifications

The workshop will explore delivery models and share successful examples of SLTs working in partnership with other agencies to deliver the award. To find out more about the workshop and to reserve your place on 9th March, please email Eve Wagg on ewagg@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

No Pens Day Wednesday 2012 evaluation

NPDWNo Pens Day Wednesday, first run as part of the Hello campaign in 2011, was repeated in 2012.  

Schools were invited to put down their pens and pick up their language and to spend the day focusing on speaking, listening and communication skills. After the event, a link to an online survey was sent to participating schools, asking for their feedback on the event and how it could be improved in the future. 75 schools responded.

In total 1,100 schools registered to take part in the event, with combined pupil numbers of just under 500,000. And the day wasn’t just a flash in the pan! 73% of schools stated that they will do things differently in school around speech, language and communication as a result of No Pens Day Wednesday including incorporating aspects of the activities into regular planning or even repeating the whole day more often. Some schools stated that they will be prioritising speaking and listening within the School Development Plan or introducing a year-long focus.

To read a summary of the evaluation please click here.

Communication coalition to contribute to Breakthrough Britain II

The Communication Trust Professional Director Wendy Lee will join a working group on educational failure as part of a new policy enquiry Breakthrough Britain II.

Led by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the new study will look at the fundamental causes of poverty and social breakdown, which the CSJ has identified as welfare dependency, family breakdown, educational failure, drug and alcohol addiction and serious personal debt.

The study will run until 2014 and is likely to report back ahead of the next general election.

To read our press release, click here.

For more information about the study, visit the CSJ’s website here.

We’ll keep you posted about information coming out of the study as soon as we’re able to do so.

Early Support announces Key Working training dates

Early Support is hosting a series of two-day key working training sessions around the country.

Early SupportIt is a modular framework, which supports participants on an experiential journey to develop and build their understanding of key working. The training embeds the Early Support principles in the key working functions. It raises awareness of the importance of access to partnership working and key working support to facilitate children's, young people's and families' journeys.

To book on to an event please click here.


Asperger's syndrome dropped from psychiatrists' handbook the DSM

Asperger's syndrome is to be dropped from the psychiatrists' Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, the American publication that is one of the most influential references for the profession around the world.

The term "Asperger's disorder" will not appear in the DSM-5, the latest revision of the manual, and instead its symptoms will come under the newly added "autism spectrum disorder", which is already used widely. That umbrella diagnosis will include children with severe autism, who often do not talk or interact, as well as those with milder forms.

The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by psychiatrists in the US and other countries. The changes have been approved but full details of all revisions will come in May 2013.

For further information, please 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 e-mail enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

Afasic - Voice for Life events, bookings being taken for Haydock Park, Merseyside, Thursday 7th February

Afasic is running free events for parents, professionals and young people called Voice for Life.

The next event will take place at Haydock Park, Merseyside, on Thursday 7th February 2013 and bookings are now being taken.

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

Please click here for more information and to register. Or alternatively you can contact Carol Lingwood on carol.lingwood@btopenworld.com

Can't make the Haydock event? There will be another Voice for Life event held in North London, on Tuesday 5th March 2013. More information to follow shortly.

I CAN - Early Language Development Programme celebrates one-year anniversary

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Children and Families), Edward Timpson MP helped the Early Years Development Programme (ELDP) celebrate its 1st year with a visit to Stonegrove Children’s Centre in Edgware, Barnet.

ELDPThe Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) is led by the children’s communication charity, I CAN, working with partners including Elklan CIC, the Children’s Society and others. The 2 ½ year Department for Education-funded programme will equip 16,000 practitioners and 96,000 parents with the skills they need to support children’s communication development.

Mr Timpson also met with Virginia Beardshaw, CEO of I CAN, Neil Leitch, CEO of PLA, Dame Clare Tickell, CEO of Action for Children and Elly de Decker of Impetus. Stonegrove practitioners were trained by I CAN as part of the ELDP which aims to create 485 ‘hubs’ of early language expertise in some of the most disadvantaged areas.  

He said: “It was good to see first-hand how the Early Language Development Programme is helping many children and families with their language and communication skills. I hope it will continue to help more children get a good start with these vital skills and help to prevent more serious problems for children as they get older."

For information about 2013’s free ELDP training courses in London, Midlands and NW– contact eldp@ican.org.uk

Christmas Appeals

ACE CentreTwo of our consortium members – ACE Centre and Ambitious About Autism – were selected for the Guardian’s Charity Christmas Appeal 2012.

The Guardian and Observer chose eight charities, which support people with disabilities or long-term illnesses to participate, express themselves and fulfil their potential in education, the workplace or wider society.

Ambitious about AutismWe’re delighted to see two of our members being promoted in this way. If you’d like to read more about the two charities, or donate money to them, visit the website.

Consortium counts down to Christmas....

If you’re looking for some extra ways of celebrating Christmas, two of our consortium members are getting into the swing of things.

Communication MattersCommunication Matters is running its own 12 Days of Christmas – the 12 Days of Tweets – to raise awareness of alternative and augmentative communication. You can get their information by following them on Twitter @Comm_Matters or visiting their website.

The Makaton CharityAnd if one advent calendar just isn’t enough, you can count the number of sleeps til Christmas with The Makaton Charity’s version.

There’s a Makaton surprise behind each door, so make sure you visit their website every day to get your daily treat

You can also download some Christmas Makaton resources including vocabulary sheets and make-your-own Christmas cards here.

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