The Communication Trust Newsletter
August 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).

We have developed a catalogue that provides information on the products and services available from our Consortium that are useful for schools and those working with children and young people. The catalogue is available to download on our website.

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:

In addition to this, the Trust has recently developed a new network, Language Leaders, specifically for head teachers, deputy/assistant heads and other senior leaders who are able to emphasise the importance of communication skills within their schools and networks. You can find out more about Language Leaders here or by emailing


Children’s Centre Survey  

Are you interested in entering a prize draw for a £50 Marks and Spencer voucher? We are running a short survey to hear your views and experiences of working in Children’s Centres. We are particularly interested to know what opportunities there are for supporting children and their families with speech, language and communication development and will be using the information gathered to provide an overview of the landscape across England. We hope this will help us to gain a better understanding of how much support is available to children and their families through their local Children’s Centre.

To enter the prize draw, simply complete the online survey before Friday 16th September and enter your details so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner! Please follow this link to the survey –
Thank you for taking part!



No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 – 5th October 2016

NPDWWith less than two months to go until No Pens Day Wednesday on the 5th October, we’re excited to update you on the new developments this year.

At the start of September, we will be adding over 25 new lesson plans to the site and as part of this year’s theme ‘No Pens at Home’, each will feature a homework component. The aim of this year’s theme is to encourage communication at home as much as possible - a child's home learning environment is hugely important and parents have a vital role in supporting speech, language and communication development

In addition to this, we will be updating our existing suite of resources so that there is at least one additional homework activity available per year group. Watch out for announcements of when these resources go live here.

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry – the majority of schools don’t sign up until the month before No Pens Day! Planning the day does not require a huge amount of preparation (all of the supporting documents are available ready-made and free on our website) and can be a fantastic way to start off a new school year.

Sign up to No Pens Day Wednesday today to see everything that we have to offer and encourage students to put down their pens and pick up their language!



Further Education & post 16 workforce - knowledge, awareness and professional development around SLCN

We are looking to identify key workforce development requirements of the Further Education sector, in relation to speech, language and communication and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It's two years since the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms came into practice and we would like to identify areas where the post 16 workforce would benefit from additional support and continuing professional development opportunities around SLCN. 

If you work in the Further Education sector and would like to discuss your own professional development, or the wider workforce's understanding of and/or development opportunities in relation to SLCN, please contact Kelly Bracken at


Send Review Guide – A school-led approach to improving provision for all

LLSThe SEND Review Guide, part-funded by the Department for Education and produced by teachers and school leaders, is now available to download for free here.

The SEND Review Guide was created in partnership with over 40 outstanding special and mainstream schools and parents/carers of children with SEND as well as organisations such as Contact a Family, Ofsted, the Council for Disabled Children, the Institute of Education and the Teaching Schools Council. It is powered by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation created by school leaders for school leaders to transform schools and improve outcomes for children.

The Review Guide is based on the Pupil Premium Review and can be used by all schools to audit their own SEND provision. The aim of the Guide is to ensure that children and young people with SEND are:

  • Visible in their school
  • Supported in their learning
  • Included in decisions about the teaching they receive.

To find out more information, please click here or email

London Leadership Strategy are also delighted to launch the Whole School SEND Consortium which is the Department for Education’s School Workforce contract for 2016/17. Whole School SEND is a consortium to drive and support school-led, user-informed school improvement – making the best use of resources from schools, the third sector and the education system. It exists to help schools identify special educational needs and promptly access the right support.

More information about the Consortium and its aims is available at and you can follow them on Twitter at @WholeSchoolSEND.



How does shared book-reading help boost child language development in the early years?

LuCiDLuCiD have recently launched their latest 2-page evidence briefing which summarises the evidence for the role of shared book-reading in children's language development in the early years (0-5 years). It covers book reading situations in which an adult and child (or group of children) sit down to share books together.

This is the third in a series of evidence briefings compiled by LuCiD, all available in open access via their website.





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


AfasicAfasic – Free parent support workshops

Following the success of previous parent workshops, Afasic England will be running a series of parent self advocacy training days this autumn.

The workshops are designed to enable parents to understand their rights and how best to manage relationships with professionals in order to get the best support for their children and young people. The programme can be found below:

  • October 18 – Birmingham
  • October 19 – Sheffield
  • November 16 – Nottingham
  • November 17 – Leicester

The workshops are free and will run from 10am – 2pm. For further details please click here or phone 01223 244984.

Communication Matters AAC Conference 2016

Communication MattersThe Communication Matters National AAC Conference is the UK's leading annual AAC event, with a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations, posters and exhibition held over two and a half days. This year the conference will take place on 11-13 September at the University of Leeds.

The conference provides an opportunity to meet and exchange information with representatives from all disciplines associated with AAC, including people who use AAC, parents, carers, professionals and suppliers of AAC equipment. Communication Matters encourages and supports people who use AAC to attend.

To view the conference programme and book your place please click here.

National Literacy Trust - Free CPD opportunity for London schools

National Literacy TrustThe National Literacy Trust are inviting schools in the London area to participate in their Young City Poets programme, which links cultural education visits in the City of London with improved writing outcomes. This project is suitable for children in Years 5-8 so they warmly encourage upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 teachers to apply to take part. The CPD training will take place on Friday 14th October.

To express your interest please 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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