The Communication Trust Newsletter
February 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 how to become a Local Champion for The Communication Trust.

For more information, please email:


Events - Spotlight on The Education Show 2016

The Education Show 2016The Communication Trust is exhibiting at The Education Show in Birmingham between 17th and 19th March 2016.

If you are there, come and see us at stand C119! We will be giving away lots of our resources including Communicating the Curriculum, Universally Speaking, Let’s Talk About It and the Cracking the Code poster to name just a few!


New toolkit for education settings - Involving Children and Young People with SLCN

ToolkitThe Communication Trust has produced a new resource for staff working in education settings that will help  shape their approach to involving children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as part of everyday good practice.

Involving Children and Young People with SLCN contains information about what practitioners are required to do by the 2014 SEND Code of Practice 0-25. It also includes practical activities, resources and strategies that can be used across a whole setting to make systemic changes, promoting meaningful involvement of children and young people with SLCN as an integrated way of practice.

The toolkit draws on content from the ‘children and young people at the centre’ chapter of ‘Communicating the Code’ as well as research conducted by The Trust, in partnership with the University of the West of England and Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit. This research project focused on exploring the perspectives of children and young people with SLCN and their families around their involvement in decision making within the reformed SEND system.

The Involving Children and Young People with SLCN toolkit for education settings, and the research report, are available free on our website at



An online route to the Level 3 Award – Supporting Children’s and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication

The Communication Trust is delighted to announce that Platform 3 is now available to all those who work with all children and young people from different sectors across the workforce.

Platform 3 is an innovative, accessible and cost effective online learning route for delivering and undertaking the Level 3 accredited qualification: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication.

To find out more about the Level 3 qualification, click here.

Interested in Platform 3?

The Level 3 accredited qualificationwas initially developed by The Communication Trust, in collaboration with City and Guilds. Following this, the Trust successfully applied to the Department for Education (DfE) VCS grant scheme to pilot a model of delivering this qualification via e-learning and assessment.

The proposal directly responded to the recommendations of the Nutbrown Review 2012, which highlighted the lack of access to high quality CPD for the early years’ workforce.

Positive feedback was received from the early years practitioners enrolled on the Platform 3 pilot; 100% of those who completed the qualification felt that they were more knowledgeable, confident and skilled in supporting the development of speech, language and communication and identifying children who were struggling.

Based on these positive pilot findings, The Trust was granted further DfE funding to tailor the existing delivery mechanisms of the qualification to address the specific needs of childminders.

We are currently working closely with training providers who will offer the Award using Platform 3, either entirely online or as a blended learning approach. The Communication Trust is now offering approved centres and training providers the opportunity to subscribe to use Platform 3 as a model of delivery and become a Platform 3 Partner.

For more information on completing or delivering this Award through Platform 3, please visit or email us at

You can find out more about the original pilots here.



Coming soon - New micro site for What Works training database

What WorksThe What Works training database will soon have its own micro site. It will seek to bring together evaluated speech, language and communication training programmes to enable professionals to find out more about their evidence.

We welcome submissions of training programmes; details on criteria and how to submit are currently available on the main What Works website.

A few things to note-

  • Although the What Works training database was developed from the What Works intervention database the level of evidence and evaluation required is different.
  • The moderating process also differs as submissions will only be reviewed by one member of the moderating group and will not be taken to group meetings so there will be no deadline for submitting programmes.
  • Inclusion on the site does not constitute an endorsement from the What Works Moderating Group. The group advises you to read the summaries of each training programme and evaluation for it carefully.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a submission, please contact


The Communication Commitment Survey – Share your thoughts and win a Progression Tool!

Communication CommitmentThis month, we are seeking feedback from all those registered to the Communication Commitment to learn about how you've been using the site and how you think it could be improved.

Your feedback is very valuable to us, regardless of whether you have already implemented the Commitment in your school or are just getting started with using the website.

Everyone that completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Progression Tools from The Communication Trust!

The survey should take around 5-10 minutes to complete and will close on Friday 4th March 2016.

You can complete the survey here.


Born Talking Survey

The Communication Trust is a partner in the Born Talking seminar series which is investigating ways that birth cohort data can be used to answer important questions about speech, language and communication. A birth cohort is a longitudinal study which collects data at the time of a person’s birth and throughout their lifetime.

We are currently seeking feedback on if, and how, you have already used the birth cohort data and input into identifying gaps in our current understanding of the development of speech, language and communication (typical development and/or SLCN) and the impact of SLCN across the lifespan.

Please do take a couple of minutes to fill in this survey as this could make a real difference to the kinds of questions birth cohorts ask in the future.

To register your thoughts, please complete this short survey and share the link with your colleagues. The survey will be open until 18th March 2016.

Opportunity for feedback – Early Years resources and the Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

Early Years Resources

In 2015 The Communication Trust launched a web page specifically for those working in early years. It features lots of free resources and tools, including information to help with identifying and supporting children with SLCN. You can access all of these here.

The resources available on the web page include:

  • Posters with advice about identifying and supporting children with SLCN, in line with the 2014 Code of Practice
  • A free online short course about speech, language and communication
  • An early identification framework to help you identify children who are struggling
  • Guides to ages and stages of communication development, top tips for supporting speech and language, activity ideas and much more!

We would appreciate your feedback if you have used any of the resources. To register your thoughts, please complete this short survey and share the link with your colleagues. The survey will be open until 21st March 2016.


The Communication Trust is seeking feedback on its SLCF. The SLCF is aimed at anyone who works with children and young people, and sets out the skills and knowledge needed by practitioners to support the speech, language and communication development of all children, including those with SLCN.

You can access the SLCF online, or by downloading the PDF here.  

We would appreciate your feedback if you have used the SLCF as an individual or as a group. To share your experience of using the SLCF, please complete this survey and send the link to your colleagues. The survey will be open until 20th March 2016.

Free online CPD webinars

PearsonRun by Pearson Assessment, the online event #SLTLearn is returning from 14th - 18th March.  Aimed at Speech and Language Therapists, the talks are designed to inform, engage and offer online CPD and networking opportunities.

You can expect to hear from a range of experts during this free, online event. The Communication Trust will be leading a session to introduce our newest resources and LuCiD will focus on how children learn words and how to support early language acquisition.

More sessions will be confirmed shortly so keep an eye on the Pearson events page for updates.

For more information and to register, click here.


Get Your Rights - NHS Constitution

CDCTThe National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have recently launched their new website, Get Your Rights, which promotes children and young people's rights when using the NHS.
Children and young people often don't know their rights when using the NHS, but knowing them can make a big difference to their experiences. Get Your Rights turns the rights in the NHS Constitution into accessible information, with videos from young people and professionals explaining what they mean in practice.CDC

The website has been developed in partnership with children and young people and they really want to know how they've done, so please share the link to their online survey with any children and young people you work with.


Oracy Conference launches new study centre in Cambridge

A conference will take place on Friday 22nd April 2016 to launch the new study centre - Oracy@Cambridge.

This interactive conference, starting at 9am at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, is about recognising the value of good spoken communication in a diverse range of contexts; the arts, education, law, health, social care, counselling, management and other workplaces. It will also consider how to develop a greater awareness amongst practitioners and policy makers of the importance of developing talk skills and of ways this can be pursued in practice.

There will be presentations by key speakers involved in developing oracy in different contexts. Delegates will be invited to share their experience in discussion with each other, contributing to a wider picture of the ways we can put talk to work, what makes spoken interaction more or less effective in particular settings, and how oracy can be taught and learned.

To register, please click here.

The flyer is available here and registration closes Friday 1st April 2016.





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

Communication Matters upcoming events

Communication MattersCommunication Matters will be holding a number of events over the upcoming months including Roadshows and Study Days as outlined below.


Free Roadshows with updates from all the main AAC suppliers in the UK are taking place across the country over the next few months. Every Roadshow will take place between 9am-4pm and lunch will be provided. Booking is essential via the website (where the list of locations and presenters can be found). There is also a presentation by the local AAC specialist NHS services and Communication Matters.

To find out more information, or to book a place, please click here.

Study Days

An AAC, Literacy and Complex Needs Study Day will be held on 1st April 2016 at Birkbeck College, London, led by Jane Farrall and Sally Clendon. This workshop will cover the rationale and principles underlying a balanced comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for all students. A range of skills will be targeted that are critical for children who use AAC to develop conventional reading and writing skills. Specific strategies, adaptations, and technologies will be outlined.

The day runs from 10am to 4.30pm with registration starting at 9.30am.

To find out more information and book a place, please click here.

Upcoming I CAN Licensee training dates

I CANI CAN Licensed Tutors are highly qualified and experienced in children’s speech, language and communication development and are licensed to deliver I CAN's training to enable practitioners to successfully implement I CAN programmes and interventions.

Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at three-four year old children with delayed language development helping to boost their language skills to help narrow the gap between them and their peers whilst Talk Boost is a targeted intervention programme, which supports language delayed children in Reception and Key Stage One. Primary Talk is an evidence informed whole school training programme at Supportive and Enhanced levels for staff working with children aged 5-11.

New training dates are now available in London:


Course Name



25/02/16 Early Talk Boost Licensed Tutor training 9.30am – 4.30pm Book here
03/03/16 Talk Boost Licensed Tutor training 9.30am – 4.30pm Book here
24/03/16 Primary Talk Licensed Tutor training 9.30am – 4.30pm Book here
30/03/16 Early Talk Boost Licensed Tutor Training 9.30am – 4.30pm Book here
28/04/16 Early Talk Boost Licensed Tutor Training 9.30am – 4.30pm Book here

If there is a group of you that require training, these courses can also be run at your workplace. Get in touch with the I CAN business team on 0207 843 2515 or to discuss your options.

Elizabeth FoundationThe Elizabeth Foundation Launches New Service

The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity for deaf babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families, helping deaf children learn to listen and talk. The Elizabeth Foundation has launched a brand new service for families with babies with any degree of hearing loss.

Let's Listen and Talk is for parents with a deaf baby to access support at home and gain valuable advice, insights, theoretical and practical advice to help them develop crucial listening and language skills in those vital early months of their child's life.

The new Let's Listen and Talk baby course encompasses development from birth to 18 months and extends its years of hands on experience as a leading educational service to those living across the UK and beyond. Many families with a deaf baby, having had a recent diagnosis, can benefit from what this service has to offer them. 

Designed with parents in mind, the service is interactive and user friendly in an online format. There are videos to watch and activities to do which provide useful resources for parents to watch and learn. Along the way there is support from the dedicated team of expert staff at The Elizabeth Foundation; phone calls, emails and Skype are there for parents to get the most from this service. 
The charity is currently developing toddler and pre-school courses, which will be available later in 2016.

To find out more about Let’s Listen and Talk, click 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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