The Communication Trust Newsletter
March 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 Nasen Live 2016

The Communication Trust is exhibiting at the Nasen Live event, the SEN event for all education professionals on 29th and 30th April 2016 at the University of Leeds.

If you’re there, come and see us at stand 31a! 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! Further information about the Nasen Live event can be found below.


Coming soon – Platform 3 for Childminders evaluation report!

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.

Following the original Platform 3 pilot project, in 2013-15, The Communication Trust was granted further funding from the Department for Education VCS grant to tailor the existing delivery mechanisms of the qualification to address the specific needs of childminders.

We are excited to announce that the evaluation report for Platform 3 for Childminders will be available in April. Keep an eye on our Latest News page where the report will be added.


Reminder - New resources

Research report - 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 find out 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

Involving Children and Young People with SLCN – a toolkit for education settings

Building on the evidence from the research report, and on content from Communicating The Code, The Trust has produced a new practical toolkit for staff working in education settings to 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 -– a toolkit for education settings contains information about what practitioners are required to do by the 2014 SEND Code of Practice 0-25 to empower children and young people with SLCN to be involved in decisions about their support.

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


Nasen Live 2016, 29-30 April, Leeds

Nasen Live 2016Nasen Live is a two-day Special Educational Needs (SEN) event providing an opportunity for education professionals to update their knowledge on SEND reforms, access fantastic resources and learn more about good practice. The event aims to connect the professional community and establish ongoing support throughout the coming year. 

The show is aimed at professionals throughout the entire education landscape, including primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, further education colleges and universities, with over 2,000 delegates expected to attend this year. There will be a wide variety of free resources, training opportunities, advice and support available to all visitors.

For those looking to update and strengthen their professional development programmes, this event provides a great opportunity to examine what good practice looks like. The seminar programme will consist of 22 high quality seminars delivered by key SEN professionals focusing on what works in the classroom and providing both theoretical and practical information for you to absorb, learn and share back at base.

Seminars are £14 for nasen members and £17 for non-members.

For more information and to register for the event please go to the Nasen website:  


Ofsted and CQC respond to consultation on local area SEND inspections

CQCIn October 2015, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), launched a consultation on proposals to inspect the SEND provision of local areas and received over 2000 responses.

OfstedAs a result of the feedback, Ofsted and CQC have announced that they will extend the notice period for inspections from two to five days as a result of the feedback. This will ensure that everyone involved in inspections including young people, parents and carers have more time to provide their views about local education, health and social care services.

Ofsted and CQC will be preparing an inspection framework and handbook which will be published before the inspections take place in May. 

To read the response document, click here.


Save the Children report - Early Language Development and Children’s Primary School Attainment in English and Maths: New Research Findings

Save the ChildrenSave the Children have launched new research findings that show the relationship between children's language skills at age five and their attainment in English and Maths at ages seven and 11.

Academics at the Institute of Education analysed the progress of 5,000 children using data from the Millennium Cohort Study and the National Pupil Database in England. The report found that 21% of pupils who struggled with language as they began school, failed to meet the expected standards in national tests when they left.

Furthermore, children’s attainment of maths and language skills when starting school was the most significant factor in reaching expected levels in English and Maths at the end of primary school. Researchers also identified that poor language skills had an effect on all children, regardless of family background.

To read a briefing of the report, 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


CommCommunication Mattersunication Matters AAC Conference 2016 - registration is now open!

Communication Matters is delighted to share the full details of their annual AAC conference from 11th-13th September at the University of Leeds. The conference provides a unique forum to meet and exchange information with representatives from all disciplines associated with AAC.

Delegates can choose from a large number of presentations, plenaries, posters and exhibitions that will be held over two and a half days. The conference will be of particular interest to people who use AAC, parents, carers, professionals and suppliers of AAC equipment.
It is a great opportunity to hear about, and be part of, the latest developments in the field of AAC.

Find out more and register here 

Elizabeth FoundationThe Elizabeth Foundation publishes Impact Report

The Elizabeth Foundation has published its first Impact Report as a step towards celebrating and showcasing the importance of their work with very young deaf children.

They intend this to become an annual publication, giving them a way to track their progress over the years. This report also enables parents and supporters to clearly see what they set out to achieve and how they are progressing against those aims.

The Elizabeth Foundation are delighted with the first set of results and look forward to sharing their achievements for this current academic year in the autumn of 2016.

Please click here to download the Impact Report for 2014-15

New NDCS resource for parents of deaf childrenNDCS

The National Deaf Children's Society has published a new resource for parents of deaf children called Helping your Deaf Child to Develop Communication and Language (0 to 2).

This resource aims to give parents of young deaf children lots of practical ideas for how they can develop their child's communication and language skills through everyday play and activities. The resource can be found here.

Hard copies will be available in a few weeks to order from the NDCS Freephone Helpline (via or 0808 800 8880).

It's part of a wider family of resources which includes:

Helping your deaf child to develop language, ready and write (3 to 4)

Helping your deaf child to read and write (5 to 7)

Helping your deaf child to read and write (8 to 11)

It also compliments their factsheet for parents: Supporting your deaf baby or toddler's listening and speech development: The importance of early hearing aid or cochlear implant use. Factsheets can be found here.


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The Communication Trust, 31 Angel Gate, Goswell Road, London, EC1V 2PT


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