The Communication Trust Newsletter
April 2017


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 may be useful for schools and those working with children and young people. The catalogue is available to download on our website.

The Communication Trust relies on brilliant, local practitioners, our Local Champions, who are able to spread the word about the importance of speech, language and communication where it is needed most. If this sounds like you, and you would like to find how to become one of our 300+ Local Champion’s please email

In addition to this, The Communication Trust recently developed a new network of Language Leaders. Specifically for those in leadership roles, such as head teachers, deputy or assistant heads and other senior leaders, this network is for those who are able to share the importance of communication skills and effect change across their schools and networks from a strategic level. You can find out more about Language Leaders here or by emailing

We are particularly interested in recruiting Local Champions and Language Leaders who work across the 12 Government Social Opportunities areas. If you work in one of those areas we’d love for you to get in touch.


Talking About A Generation - a review into current policy, evidence and practice for speech, language and communication

TAAGLast month, The Communication Trust launched Talking About a Generation, a new report that aims to review recent developments in policy and practice affecting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. The report also examines the impact of SLCN on health and wellbeing, educational progress and employability beyond school.

Our parliamentary event was unfortunately unable to take place due to the Westminster attack on the 22nd March, but we are pleased to announce that presenters from the event have agreed to record short audio podcasts of their presentations. The first of these, a presentation by Sarah Lambert about the fantastic work that the Blackpool Better Start programme is achieving, is live on our website here.

Hard copies of the report are also now available to order online – for information on how to order, or to download a digital copy, click here.


Events – Spotlight on NAPLIC Conference 2017

NAPLICThe Communication Trust is exhibiting at the NAPLIC Conference on 6th May 2017.

If you’re planning to attend, come and see us! We will be giving away lots of our resources including Universally SpeakingLet’s Talk About It and our new, recently launched report Talking About a Generation,  and many more!


Nasen Live 2017 – Friday 7th July

Nasen LiveThe popular SEND event, nasen Live, will be returning again for another year at the ICC, Birmingham on Friday 7th July. The one day event promises to provide SENCO’s, teachers and all practitioners with the opportunity to update their knowledge, explore latest developments in SEND and network with one another. As well as leading, award winning exhibitors, there will be seminars and keynotes delivered by key figures in the sector.

Unlike previous years, nasen Live tickets will get you access to any of the seminars available on the day, allowing you to choose which ones you are most interested in seeing.

Other event highlights include:

  • Launch of nasen's upcoming Dual and Multiple Exceptionality campaign by Professor Stephen Hawking CBE via video introduction
  • Light Refreshments breaks throughout the day
  • 25% off advanced train tickets to get you to the event by visiting

For more information, to see a full agenda or to book your place, please click here.


New funding opportunity for development and evaluation of early years interventions

Nuffield FoundationDo you have experience of designing, delivering, or evaluating interventions to improve children’s learning in early years education? Has your intervention had some promising results but you need funding to develop it further? 

The Nuffield Foundation and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are holding a seminar to discuss opportunities for funding the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the learning of children in early years education. EEF

The seminar will bring together people who have designed and delivered interventions and those with experience of evaluating them. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the types of interventions that might be eligible and to find out how to apply for funding.

The seminar will take place at the Nuffield Foundation, in London, on Friday 19 May 2017 between 11am and 1pm, followed by a networking lunch. It will feature presentations from individuals and academics with a wealth of experience developing and evaluating successful interventions, including:

The seminar is the first stage of a partnership that will see the Nuffield Foundation fund the development and early evaluation of promising interventionsso that they can be trialed on a larger scale by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and potentially rolled out more widely.  

For more information and to register for the seminar, please click here


Listening to young disabled people - guidance leaflet

NCBNational Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children have launched a new guidance leaflet which is part of a series called 'Listening as a Way of Life.' The guidance covers: 

  • listening to individual children
  • everyday listening and consultation, and inclusive strategies
  • developing a listening culture

CDCIt includes examples of good practice and a discussion of involving children in the context of the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice. 

The leaflets in the series are all free to download, and cover a range of topics on working with children from birth to age eight. They can all be accessed here.


Experiences of EHC plans – Department for Education report on a survey of young people and parents 

This report presents the findings of a survey commissioned by the Department for Education, asking parents and young people who received an Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan in 2015 about their experiences. 

The survey received 13,643 responses. Participants were asked about: 

  • Their overall experience of the EHC Plan process
  • Their involvement in the process
  • Their awareness of information, advice and support
  • Their perceptions of the quality of the EHC Plan

About two-thirds (66%) of parents and young people were satisfied with the overall process of getting an EHC Plan. Just under two-thirds (62%) agreed that the help and support described in the plan will achieve the agreed outcomes for the child or young person. The older the child or young person, the more likely they, or their parents, were to agree that it had been a positive experience.

Nearly two-thirds of the children and young people had transferred from a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN). Those who had not had a statement were more likely to say they had found starting the EHC Plan process difficult. Respondents were asked about the length of the process; many were not able to answer, but of those who did, nearly two-thirds (62%) said the 20-week deadline had been missed. 

The areas where young people and parents were least positive about the process were around the choices given to the child or young person about their own involvement, and the steps taken to help them to understand what was happening. 

Two-thirds of parents and young people, (66%) said they had been informed about information, advice and support available generally during the EHC Plan process. Fifty-five percent were aware of Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS), and 43% were aware of the Local Offer. Fewer than one in five (18%) recalled being offered a Personal Budget, which all would have had the right to request. Just over half said they had been informed about the complaints and appeals procedures. 

Please click here to access the full report. 





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

I CAN vacancy - Commercial Manager 

Communication Matters LogoI CAN are currently seeking a motivated and strategic leader who has extensive commercial management experience. This person will have experience of winning new business in either the charity or commercial sector. The Commercial Manager will be critical in developing and implementing the growth strategy for I CAN’s Social Enterprise in order to achieve a 70% growth in income over a two year period.

This is a new role at I CAN and as a key member of the senior management team this person will make a significant impact in an organisation whose purpose is to help transform children and young people’s lives.

For full details on the post, please refer to the Application Pack, available to download from To apply, please complete the application form in the application pack and send this to by Monday 8th May 2017.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Clare Geldard, Director of Business Development on 07827 315 591 (available Monday-Thursday).

Puzzle Centre - Better Beginnings conference Puzzle centre

On 31st October 2017, the Puzzle Centre will host the Better Beginnings conference, focussed on supporting parents of young children with autism in the development of children's early social communication skills. 

The conference, which will take place in Milton Keynes, is aimed at practitioners such as teachers, speech and language and occupational therapists, learning support assistants, psychologists, and social workers. 

The day will provide an opportunity to hear about recent research in early support for autism, and will include presentations about different models such as SCERTS ® and PACT (Parent mediated social communication therapy for young children with autism).

Please click here to view the event flyer. You can access the booking page here.

An early bird rate of £100 is available until 30th April - when booking, use the code BBEARLYBIRD2017. From 1st May the price will be £120. The £100 discount rate is also available for bookings of three delegates or more - when booking, use the code BBGROUP2017.


Contact us

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


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