The Communication Trust Newsletter
January 2016


The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 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).

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, find out more about becoming a Local Champion for The Communication Trust.

For more information, please email:

This newsletter is coming to you slightly later than usual as we wanted to share our new resources.


Events - Spotlight on The Nursery World Show 2016

Nursery WorldThe Communication Trust is exhibiting and speaking at The Nursery World Show 2016, the largest event in the early years and childcare calendar, on 5th and 6th February 2016.

If you’re there, come and see us at stand 132! We will be giving away lots of our resources including Universally Speaking, Let’s Talk About It and the Cracking the Code poster, to name just a few!


Communicating the Curriculum

Communicating the CurriculumCommunicating the Curriculum is a practical new resource from The Communication Trust, which will help primary schools to define and monitor children’s progress in spoken language.

In the primary national curriculum for England (2014), the levels system was removed and the spoken language programme of study is broad – covering all ages from years 1 - 6 in primary schools. Schools are now required to develop their own progression points for children across year groups, based on the 12 statements which make up the Programme of Study.

Communicating the Curriculum is here to help schools measure progress in spoken language and supports primary schools to engage with the national curriculum for spoken language. The resource not only helps to show how the programme of study statements can be broken down in relation to the typical stages of language development, but also how schools can use this to identify a pupil's progression. This will help schools to spot pupils who might be struggling with their spoken language and signposts to next steps and support for these pupils.

To find out more and access this resource, please visit –


New resource - Exploring the involvement of children and young people with SLCN and their families in decision making

The University of the West of England and Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit have undertaken a research project, commissioned by The Communication Trust, that focuses on exploring the involvement of children and young people with SLCN and their families in decision-making.

The research team worked directly with children and young people with SLCN to get their perspectives on their involvement in decisions about their support within the context of the reformed SEND system. The research also included interviews and surveys with parents of children and young people with SLCN. It provides evidence for, and reinforces, some key principles in terms of effective involvement of children and young people with SLCN.

To access the full research report and the executive summary, please click here.

Building on this evidence, and on content from Communicating The Code, The Trust is developing a practical toolkit for school staff to support them to empower children and young people with SLCN to be involved in decisions about their support. This toolkit will be available from late February 2016 as a free download.
Please click here to register your interest and be the first to access it when it launches.


No Pens Day Wednesday Evaluation and 2016 Event Date

NPDWWe are delighted to announce that our No Pens Day Wednesday (NPDW) 2015 evaluation report is now live! You can access the report here

The feedback has been very encouraging - 94% of respondents said that they would do things differently around school as a result of their involvement in NPDW 2015. 76% said that taking part raised their awareness of SLCN, with 22% reporting that they had identified pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they had not known about before.

No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 will be held on Wednesday 5th October, so please save the date but remember that you can run your day whenever suits you best!

Whether you’re working in an early years setting, a primary, secondary, special school, as a child-minder or in a local service, there are a range of No Pens Day Wednesday ideas and resources that can help your pupils and students put down their pens and pick up their language!

Keep an eye on the web page over the coming months for more exciting announcements. Register here to access existing resources and receive our newsflash updates when we add new materials.


Help us improve our website

The Communication Trust website is one of the key ways that we disseminate our resources and guidance to support those who work with children and young people. It is essential to ensure that our site is as accessible and user friendly as possible for people to access this information.

We have launched a short survey to secure your feedback on how you have used our website. Completing the survey will take no more than five minutes and will provide us with critical information that will inform how the site is developed in the future.

To complete the survey, please click here.


Beyond Measure

Beyond MeasureThe Communication Trust is seeking feedback from school staff who have used the resource Beyond Measure to support the identification of children who may have SLCN, particularly as part of the reception baseline assessment.

The short online survey takes just a couple minutes to complete and can be found here.

Our resources

The Communication Trust has a wide range of resources available for both practitioners and parents.  These range from early years, through to primary and secondary, all the way to post-16.

You can access communication friendly checklists, observation tools, Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tools and lots more, including our popular No Pens Day Wednesday resources.

All of our resources identify the most relevant audience; so whether you’re a health professional, speech and language therapist, teacher, commissioner, school, youth justice worker or parent, you can find the resource for you!

To view our resources, click here.

Case studies help practitioners hone their participation skills

CDCThe Council for Disabled Children’s (CDC) participation team, Making Ourselves Heard (MOH), is publishing a case study series highlighting good examples of participation. The case studies aim to support participation professionals to develop materials and resources, and will help the MOH network increase support for, and awareness of, participation throughout the sector.

Three case studies have been published so far, showing the breadth and range of participation across the children’s disability sector. You can read the case studies from Tower Hamlets, KIDS South West and Core Assets on the MOH webpages here.

If you would like your participation work to be featured in a case study or would like more information, please contact Pam Shaw at


Ofsted Annual Report 2014/2015

The Ofsted Annual Report was released last month. The report is underpinned by the findings of over 5,000 inspections of schools, colleges and providers of further education and skills.

It highlighted that early education has never been stronger, but over 113,000 children who would most benefit are not taking up their government-funded places.

It also identified tha t85% of primary schools are now good or outstanding and that one of the strengths of primary education has been how they have narrowed the gap for the most disadvantaged. Since 2007, the gap between low-income pupils and their peers has narrowed three times faster at age 11 than at age five.

To read the full report, please click here.





News from our members

The Communication Trust is a Consortium of over 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 email

Ambitious about Autism takes young people to Parliament to plan Employ Autism campaign

Ambitious about AutismAmbitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, took 11 of its Youth Patrons to Parliament for a roundtable event with MPs, peers and other influencers. The event was to start a conversation between the Youth Patrons and MPs as the young people plan an employability campaign - Employ Autism: from school to work, to engage decision makers in the campaign, and get expert advice about developing the campaign in the most effective way.

The aim of the campaign is to transform the employability of young people with autism, by improving their transition from school to work. Participants discussed three key topics: careers guidance; work skills and experience; and post-16 education. As well as the Youth Patrons, those sitting around the table included Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People and Speaker John Bercow who is also a Parent Patron of Ambitious about Autism.

The campaign will be launched at Ambitious about Autism’s employability conference in

More information can be found in this blog.

I CAN - 25% discount on all resources in their January sale

I CANFor one month only you can receive 25% off all of I CAN’s educational resources! (excluding training products).

Visit the I CAN Shop to browse I CAN’s range of resources including books, DVD’s, toolkits and posters to help parents and practitioners support the speech, language and communication of children aged 0-19.

The Early Talker’s Boxset is now only £14.99, when the discount code is used! This boxset includes the beautifully illustrated Babbling Babies, Toddler Talk and Chatting with Children activity cards and is ideal for parents or practitioners supporting babies, toddlers and young children learning to talk.

To get 25% off of your order, just enter Jan2016 at the checkout. This offer ends on 28th February 2016.

NAPLIC NAPLIC 2016 conference - online booking is now open!

The NAPLIC Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the Aston Business School.  

The 2016 conference is titled "Exploring how spoken language underpins progress in literacy" and will feature keynote speakers Professor Dorothy Bishop and Professor Maggie Snowling.

Professor Dorothy Bishop is a professor of Developmental Neuropsychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Dorothy's research is concerned with trying to understand the nature and causes of language impairments in children. Read more on the University of Oxford website.

Professor Maggie Snowling is President of St John’s College at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on children’s language and learning and she is specifically interested in the nature and causes of children’s reading difficulties and how best to ameliorate them. Read more on the University of Oxford website.

To download the flyer click here.

If you are a member of NAPLIC, tickets can be found here.

If you are not a member, tickets are available here.

National Deaf Children’s Society - NatSIP workshop for parents on EHC plans

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) are running a free workshop for parents of children with a sensory impairment on Saturday 6th February in London. The workshop will cover what a good Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment involves and go through the different sections of the EHC plan in detail.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Know how assessments for an Education, Health and Care plan should work
  • Understand the different sections of the plan and how they relate to each other
  • Understand how you can help ensure your child gets a good Education, Health and Care plan that meets their needs and makes sure they achieve good outcomes.

A flyer and booking form can be downloaded here.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2526 or email
The Communication Trust, 31 Angel Gate, Goswell Road, London, EC1V 2PT


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