The Communication Trust Newsletter
December 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 childrenís workforce and commissioners to support all children and young peopleís 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


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New blog: Are 'control group' studies the only game in town?

'Are control group studies the only game in town?', a new blog written by James Noble from NPC has been uploaded to the ‘Developing and Using Evidence’ page. The blog focuses on evaluation issues across the charity sector and the evaluation ‘principles’ which acknowledge some of the more modest progress organisations can make. To read the full blog, see here.

If you would like to share an idea for a blog or would like to submit a ‘mini triumph’, get in touch with us at



Last call for Shine A Light entrieshine A

SALThere are only a few weeks left to make a nomination for the 2017 Shine A Light Awards. Entries for The Communication Trust and Pearson's flagship award ceremony will close at 11:59 pm on the 12th January 2017.

The Awards seek to recognise the incredible contributions of teams, settings and individuals across England who support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. Don't forget that this year there will also be a brand new award for SEN School or Group of the Year, highlighting the exceptional work carried out in SEND schools and colleges across the country.

The Shine a Light Awards will feature the following categories:

  • Early Years Setting of the Year Award
  • Primary School of the Year Award
  • Secondary School or College of the Year Award
  • The Communication Commitment School of the Year Award
  • SEN School or Group of the Year Award (New category for 2017)
  • Young Person of the Year Award
  • SLCN Innovation Award
  • Communication Champion Award
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Award
  • Pearson Outstanding Achievement Award

Details on how to apply can be found at Don't leave it too late!

The Shine a Light Awards ceremony will take place with a secret celebrity host on 23rd March 2017 in London.


Language acquisition seminar series

LuCiDLuCiD, the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development, have announced a series of seminars on language and communication which will be held at universities across the North West in 2017.

Experts including Dr Sam Wass, Professor James Law and Dr Nicola Botting will share their recent research covering a range of exciting topics linked to language acquisition, including 'Child Language as a Life Chances Indicator' and  'Experimental Studies of Language Learning in Children'.

You can find details of each seminar on LuCiD's website here.


New report on early support for looked after children

A new report has been released by researchers from the University of Oxford and Family and Childcare Trust, titled Starting Out Right: early education and looked after children. The report warns that looked after children in care are falling well behind children in the general population before they even get to primary school in many areas including speech, language and communication skills.

However there is currently a huge range in the preparedness of preschools to meet the needs of looked after children, who may have had highly traumatising early experiences and are more likely to have special educational needs.The report highlights the need for a skilled and knowledgeable workforce and emphasises the importance of joined up working to support the extra needs of this vulnerable group.

The report is free to download and can be accessed 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 Trustís Consortium please go to or for more information email

NCDS seeking feedback from young people

NCDSThe National Deaf Children’s Society Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking to find out if children and young people are interested in learning British Sign Language (BSL) and if they think it should be taught in schools. They hope to consult with as many young people as possible, to seek their views and gather insights and evidence on this issue.

The YAB was set up in 2011 to directly shape and guide the services that NDCS delivers. It offers young people the opportunity to meet other deaf young people, learn new skills and make a difference.

They would greatly appreciate your help with sharing the survey with both deaf and hearing children and young people aged 8–25. You can access the survey here. The survey closes on Sunday 15 January, and the results will be shared during Sign Language Week (March 13–19) 2017.

AVUK and I CAN win at the Children and Young People Now Awards

AV UKThe CYP Now Awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people from birth to adolescence as well as their families. 

I CANAuditory Verbal UK won the Learning Award, which was for 'the initiative that has made the best contribution to improving educational achievement.' Auditory Verbal UK helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, without the need for lip reading or sign language, through auditory verbal therapy.

I CAN's Early Talk Boost won the Early Intervention Award, which is for 'the initiative that has intervened early and most effectively with children and young people at risk from problems such as poor health, dropping out of education, homelessness, crime or substance misuse, and prevented the transmission of poor outcomes from one generation to the next.' 


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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