The Communication Trust Newsletter
November 2011


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Hello, the 2011 national year of communication, is a campaign to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.

The campaign is run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of 46 leading voluntary sector organisations, in partnership with Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion. The campaign is sponsored by BT and Pearson Assessment and is backed by the Department for Education and Department of Health.

This is a special newsletter to tell you about our November toolkit and a number of vacancies. A full November newsletter will be available shortly.


 
Celebrate Good Times

New toolkit

This month sees the launch of a new downloadable toolkit Celebrate Good Times with information and activities that will help you celebrate communication milestones big and small.

The toolkit includes information on:Let's celebrate

  • Celebrating Special Moments – ideas on how to celebrate special moments in your child’s life, plus questions to help celebratory conversations flow
  • Celebrate Festivities – help your children learn signs linked to Christmas and see if you can learn them too
  • Celebrating Success – ideas on how to hold a mini-awards ceremony at home, in nursery or school settings, plus certificate templates to amend
  • Celebrating Diversity – a ‘Show and Tell’ activity to celebrate different cultures and languages

Celebrate Good Times also includes background information and advice on supporting children with English as an Additional Language along with a signposting section with helpful links.

A number of partners have kindly inputted their ideas and local activities into this toolkit including Leicestershire County Council, The Makaton Charity, London SIG Bilingualism, Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Speech and Language Therapy Service and Plymouth City Council.

To download a copy of Celebrate Good Times, click here.

 

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Vacancies at The Communication Trust

Part-time Professional AdvisorTCT

We are looking for an individual with the relevant skills and knowledge to offer professional advice to professionals / providers within the sector on speech, language and communication. The post holder will undertake research and gap-analysis, and will also support the Professional Directors with content development of particular projects.

The candidate must have an accredited degree or equivalent Certificate to Practice as an speech and language therapist and be registered with HPC (Health Professionals Council). We are looking for someone who has worked in special and mainstream educational settings with children with speech and language difficulties and who has a background in a consultative or advisory role.

For further information on this role and how to apply please click here.

Closing date for applications is noon on 14th November with interviews the week commencing 21st November.


Programme Manager Vacancy TCT

We are looking for an exceptional programme manager to take forward an exciting new project. The successful candidate will have excellent project management skills, experience of partnership working and an ability to work within tight timescales and produce exceptional results. Preferably with experience of working in the third sector or in early years settings, you will be a skilled communicator, passionate about making a difference and skilled in relationship management.

For further information on this role and how to apply please click here.

Closing date for applications is 15th November with interviews being held on 22nd November.


 
Vacancies at our member organisations

Afasic - Assistant Helpline ManagerAfasic

Afasic is the national parent-led charity working on behalf of children and young people with speech and language impairments, and their families. The helpline is an integral and highly valued part of our core services for parents.  However, its traditional role of answering queries by telephone and e-mail does not reach or suit all parents, so we are seeking to extend our scope by finding additional ways of engaging with parents and delivering information and support through a broader range of media. We are looking for someone with the commitment and vision to work with the helpline manager to move this forward.

The successful applicant will be able to empathise with parents of children with speech and language impairments, having had previous relevant experience in a paid or voluntary role. You should also have excellent written and oral communication skills, presentation skills and be an accomplished user of computers and social media.

For more information and details of how to apply for this position, please click here.

The closing date is Monday 28th November, and the planned date for interviews is Wednesday 14th December.


I CAN - Communication Advisor (Secondary Talk) I CAN

Are you a speech and language therapist or teacher with experience of working in secondary schools? Are you passionate about creating communication supportive learning contexts for all young people, including those with speech, language and communication needs? Would you like to join an established team in rolling out I CAN’s latest Talk programme to secondary schools across the UK?

If you answered yes to these questions then we have the job for you. Secondary Talk is an evidence based school development programme that enhances schools’ ability to provide communication supportive learning environments for young people. Piloted during 2010, it is currently being rolled out nationally, the first cohort of 28 schools having started in September 2011. We need you to help us deliver to the next cohort of up to 13 schools from January 2012.

The communication advisor will work with an identified group of schools to deliver Secondary Talk over three school terms. This will involve delivering training, sign-posting to and modelling strategies and resources, developing and delivering action plans in conjunction with school Secondary Talk coordinators and providing advice, coaching and guidance on the links between language, communication and learning.

For more information please click here.

Closing date Monday 21st November.


I CAN - Communication Support AdvisorI CAN

Are you a speech and language therapist or teacher with experience of delivering training and programmes in LAs, Schools, PCT’s and in Nursery settings? Are you passionate about creating communication supportive learning contexts for all children and young people, including those with speech, language and communication needs? Would you like to join an established team, in rolling I CAN’s latest programmes including training, short courses and accreditations across the UK?

If you answered yes to these questions then we have the job for you. We need you to help us deliver I CAN programmes and services from January 2012. Working from home or central office you will report to the Lead Advisor for Early Years and contribute to the development and delivery of all I CAN products and services. It is anticipated that most of the delivery will involve Early Years and Primary programmes so you should be able to demonstrate and in depth knowledge of one or both client groups.

The communication support advisor will work with an identified group of schools or settings.  This will involve delivering training and accreditation, sign-posting to and modelling strategies and resources, and providing advice, coaching and guidance on the links between language, communication and learning.

For more information please click here.

Closing date Monday 21st November.


I CAN - Communication Support Advisor (ELDP)I CAN

Are you a speech and language therapist with experience of delivering training and programmes to early years practitioners, health professionals and parents in a range of locations? Are you passionate about enabling good support to communication development in babies and very young children Would you like to be involved in delivering an exciting Government funded project across England, whilst enjoying the support of a skilled and established team of professionals within I CAN?

If you answered yes to these questions then we have the job for you. We have been chosen to deliver the Early Language Development programme by providing a cascade training model to hubs across England and need you to help us deliver it. Working from home or I CAN’s central office, you will report to the Lead Advisor for the Early Years Development Programme and contribute to the ongoing development of this area of work over the course of the programme.

Work has already taken place to develop materials for delivery. It will be the task of the communication support advisor to work with an identified number of partners, offer creative solutions for the development of the programme and, as part of the delivery, travel regularly across England.

For more information please click here.

Closing date Wednesday 30th November, interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th December.

 

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