Local Co-ordinator Newsletter
November 2011



Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Hello Local
Co-ordinators newsletter.

This newsletter is created for you so we can keep you up to date with news, forthcoming events and available resources. We will be offering support and ideas to complement your work and giving you an insight into our Hello legacy and evaluation plans.

Looking back - Hello in Parliament

The Communication Trust celebrated the successes and achievements of the Hello campaign at both national and local level at a Parliamentary Reception held on Wednesday 19th October.

It was a wonderful event, attended by over 200 people, including John Ben with John BercowBercow, Speaker of the House of Commons; Alan Johnson, former Secretary of State for Health and
Sarah Teather, Children and Families Minister – who also spoke at the event.

Anita Kerwin-Nye, Director of The Communication Trust and Jean Gross, Communication Champion both discussed the importance of the legacy of the national year of communication. They highlighted the need for us to continue to all work together to ensure children’s speech, language and communication is prioritised.

It was fantastic to see some of you there representing the Hello local co-ordinators and the innovative work that has been happening around the country.  A massive thank you goes out to Gillian Gaskell, from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, who gave a brilliant speech as a local co-ordinator about the work her team has done during Hello. We’d also like to thank her, and colleagues Becky Lee and Siobhan Keohane for attending.

Thank you to all of you who contributed materials and pictures for the Hello display board we put up at the event. It looked absolutely fantastic and shows what great work has been done this year. As always, keep sending your items and updates into us at hello@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

If you weren’t able to attend, have a look at the items that were given out on the day:
- Welcome letter
- Speaker biographies
- Hello journey document – read more about this in the next section
- Hello parliamentary event press release

You can read our blog on the parliamentary event here.
Pictures from the event are also available on our new Flickr account here.

Inspired to shout about this event?! Why not use the press release from the event to write up a story for your own websites, intranet or newsletters. Our press officer, Lynne Milford, can help you write your own story drawing on local examples, if needed. She can also see if there are any pictures from the event of local supporters to accompany your piece.

Email Lynne on lmilford@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk or call 020 7843 2564.

A journey through Hello so far

We've come a long way since The Communication Trust launched the Hello campaign over a year ago. To date:Hello journey so far

  • 200 Hello local coordinators are supporting the campaign across the country.
  • 300,000 Hello resources disseminated
  • 800 schools taking part in No Pens Day – an initiative where pupils put down their pens and pick up their language
  • 122,000 hits to the Hello website so far
  • Over 200 million opportunities to see, hear or read about the Hello campaign in media

Now, for the first time, the whole Hello journey so far has been collected into one document, to allow us to showcase the great work people have done across the country. It features a month-by-month account of the Hello themes as well as information about the resources that have been made available.

You can view the document by clicking here. Please promote it far and wide in your networks and we will of course be updating this at the end of the year.

Celebrate communication this November

November is our month for ‘Celebrating Communication’. Our ability to communicate is what makes humans unique and it should be celebrated in all its forms whether that is words, signs, symbols or through an electronic device.

We should also celebrate the diversity of languages our children speak – recognising that bilingualism is an asset in children that helps promotes development of the brain’s ‘executive functions’, and in adults even helps to protect people from developing Alzheimers.Shine a Light

Our milestone event for November is drawing near…on Wednesday 23rd the Shine a Light 2011 Hello awards will be taking place at Pearson Assessment’s headquarters in The Strand, London.

A whole host of teams, individuals, communication friendly settings, speech and language therapy teams and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) will be celebrated for showing excellence in the area of speech, language and communication.

- Watch this space for a special one off Shine a Light email to local coordinators that will give you an update on the winners and the judges’ comments
- During November, we will be enhancing the information that exists on the Talking Point website www.talkingpoint.org.uk around supporting children with English as an additional language

In the meantime, you can download a factsheet of advice and useful websites from the Hello latest news section. It was created in partnership with the London SIG Bilingualism.

If you are hosting any November events, please get in touch with us and tell us what you’ve been up to. Please do send pictures of your event if you can. hello@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk or call 020 7843 2519.

You can also upload your celebration stories to the Hello website here.

Celebrate Good Times

New toolkit

In addition to Shine a Light, 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.

Vacancy - Part time Professional Advisor needed

The Communication Trust is 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 SLT 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.


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Lynne takes the baton from Sandra

This month, we have bid a fond farewell to Sandra Telford. Sandra has been with us for seven months on secondment from BT. She has been instrumental in setting up the Local Co-ordinators newsletter and also organised the recent Hello parliamentary event. Lynne

We wish Sandra the best of luck in her new role back at BT. October has also meant saying Hello to new press officer, Lynne Milford. We are delighted to welcome Lynne to the team and as well as promoting the Hello campaign, she will be taking over the writing of this newsletter.

Lynne says; “It’s a fantastic time to join The Communication Trust. I’m just in time to support the final couple of months of the Hello campaign and to help plan its legacy in 2012. I love hearing other people’s stories, so if you have any news or events for the newsletter, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

Anyone with information, feedback or queries about this newsletter, contact Lynne on lmilford@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

No Pens Day Wednesday - a huge success

As part of September’s ‘Back to School’ theme, we challenged schools and other settings around the country to put down their pens for one day and focus on speaking and listening activities as a vehicle for learning across the curriculum.NPDW

The response has been fantastic and we would like to thank those of you who went above and beyond to promote it in your area. 800 schools registered for No Pens Day with more than 250,000 children taking part.  

Staff at one primary school in Newark, Nottinghamshire dressed up as aliens and invaded the school during morning assembly and stole the pens from everyone there. Learning Makaton signs, creating a puppet theatre and composing music for films were all part of I CAN’s Dawn House special school activities for the day. 

Jean Gross, Communication Champion, visited St Joseph’s primary school in Covent Garden, London, where staff built a large time machine in the school yard, and Community Support Police Officers were involved in bringing the event to life.  For Jean’s full account of her visit, click here.

Press coverage of No Pens Day Wednesday has been fantastic with national coverage including The Guardian, The Sun, BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme and a range of local and regional coverage. For example, Frizington Community School in Cumbria appeared in their local paper, the Whitehaven News. The young peopleused podcasting, Chinese whispers and Dictaphones to get their message across. You can read the piece here.

Did any of your local schools host a No Pens Day Wednesday? Have you told us about it? If not, get in touch and be sure to include some pictures by emailing hello@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

It's not too late for schools to run No Pens Day or for you to promote the free materials and activity templates. To access the No Pens Day materials, please click here.

To read some short case study examples of schools that took part, please click here.

Talk to the future in December

Jean Gross, Communication Champion, reflects on the importance of December's Hello theme and our collective legacy for the national year.Jean Gross

"This December, the Hello theme is Talk to the Future. A hugely important theme, it will be an opportunity for us all to raise awareness and profile of what we have achieved in 2011 through the national year of communication as well as our plans and vision for 2012. The Communication Trust and other key partners will continue to keep children and young people's speech, language and communication needs high on the agenda of people who can help.

I will be working with The Communication Trust on evaluating the successes and learnings of the national year as well as identifying areas we still need to address. We want to work with you to support your evaluation efforts. We are producing short and simple templates that will allow you to highlight what you have done for the monthly themes as well as the outcomes of your work. We will be sending this to you in the next few weeks."

Stop and think - words can hurt

This November is also the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s awareness week, from 14th-18th November, which has the theme ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’.Anti-Bullying Week

The Hello campaign warmly supports the messages behind this awareness week. Research shows that children with speech and language difficulties experience more frequent bullying and are less able to let others know that they are being bullied.

For more information or to download a briefing pack to support the week, clickhere

Guide for schools

In response to demand from teachers, head teachers, speech and language therapists (SLTs) and others involved in choosing interventions to apply in school settings, The Communication Trust is pulling together a guide to effective approaches and programmes that schools may wish to employ to support children’s speech, language and communication. The aim is to gather approaches that are evidenced in some way and are based on a strong theoretical foundation. More details are included in a one-page summary which you can read here.

We are at the beginning of this process and want to involve stakeholders in developing this project. We are working with professional bodies such as RCSLT, teaching/education bodies, researchers and our 44 Consortium members to help us shape the project at this development stage and are also very keen to involve local co-ordinators. We know practitioners are doing fantastic work in schools and would really love to capture examples of any evidenced approaches that you have found to be effective. We would also value your thoughts about what you think should be included in the guide. Our plan for consultation is to encourage people to complete the questionnaire and / or get involved in focus groups or interviews. 

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved in this project or to pass on the information to colleagues who may be interested .  We would be very grateful if you could complete our online questionnaire where you can share your ideas on what the Guide For Schools should include - www.surveymonkey.com/s/schoolsguidesurvey

If you would like to hear more about the project or discuss how you or your organisation could get further involved in the consultation, please contact Catherine on 020 7843 2554 or chillis@thecommunciationtrust.org.uk

Tell us your story...

This month’s story comes from Redroofs Nursery, which has helped to improve communication between parents and children with Communication Friendly Spaces (CFS) Bags for Families.

The bags come from Elizabeth Jarman Training and contain an open ended ‘potential space’ (like a tent), an ideas pack for how to use the bag, a staff training DVD and a copy of the CFS Toolkit.

The nursery set up the Communication Friendly Spaces as dens in two rooms in the building and then invited parents and children for a special breakfast. While tucking into fruit juice and croissants, parents were encouraged to sit in the spaces with their children to read a story for 5 -10 minutes. Here is a quotes from their story:

 “During the hour we had a fairly good response, with some parents staying for 5 or 10 minutes and others stopping for the whole hour. The event had definitely been a success and with that ‘Books for Breakfast’ had been born. Our second event was even more popular than the first, and actually overran the allocated time. It was decided to extend the time till 9:30 to allow for the huge response.”

The nursery now lends out its Bags for Families so parents can set them up at home to encourage reading and communicating with their children.

To read the full story, click please here

Elizabeth Jarman training has been a long term supporter of the Hello campaign. Find out more about them here. To support the final phase of the national year, they are promoting their award winning series A Place to Talk. All titles are discounted until 31st December so check out the website to find out more.


Talking Trouble

Talking Trouble is a new microsite, developed as part of Hello, to highlight the communication barriers faced by children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).Talking Trouble

The interactive site www.talkingtrouble.info allows people to highlight what their child might struggle with, look at a list of identifying factors and then be signposted for further help and support. It has been developed for parents and anyone who works with children and young people who may not know much about this area.

In addition to Talking Trouble, a new video The Way we Talk is available. It shows how communication difficulties can impact on children and young people. Oliver (aged 8), Attiyyah (15), Luke (4), Jamie (15), Barnaby (6), Aiden (7) and Alex (6) talk about their life, experiences at school and what it is like to have a communication difficulty.

It is available on the homepage of the Hello website and can be viewed on the Hello You Tube channel.




Resources and information

Below is a quick reminder of some of the resources that are available for you to use and to promote to your contacts.

- Talking Point www.talkingpoint.org.uk – the one stop shop for information on all aspects of children’s communication development. It includes a Progress Checker if you have any concerns about a child and has a postcode searchable database of speech and language therapy services in your area.

- Universally Speaking – Sponsored by Pearson Assessment, three free resources are available to practitioners working with children in early years (0-5), primary school (5-11) and secondary school (11-18) settings. The ‘ages and stages’ booklets provide guidance on what stage children and young people should be at with their speaking and listening. Go to www.hello.org.uk/resources to find out more.

- BT’s All Talk resource – All Talk supports English GCSE and A level students in the study of Spoken Language and Speaking and Listening. It includes interaction with all forms of digital media and has a 116 page downloadable workbook with accompanying online video clips to support a range of engaging classroom activities. All of the materials, plus extras, are free to download. A printed workbook and DVD is being sent free of charge to all state secondary schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please click here to find out more.

New Level 3 award in speech, language and communicationQualifications
The Communication Trust are delighted to announce the launch of the new City & Guilds CPD Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech Language and Communication (Number: 4337) which went live on 1st October 2011.

This continued professional development award is made up of three units: two mandatory and a third chosen from an optional list.  

To view and register for this award please visit the City & Guilds website here. If you are looking to take the award personally please find your local City & Guilds awarding centre by putting your postcode in the allocated box on the right hand side of this webpage.  

The Communication Trust has developed tutor and learner materials to support the delivery of the Award.

These materials are available from at www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/qualifications
For further enquires please contact Eve Wagg at ewagg@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk




Think Big - project for young people

At The Communication Trust we want to say a big THANK YOU for all the work, commitment and time that you have inputted to the national year of communication, when you are all working hard as it is. So, if you want the young people you work with to take some of the strain, then read on!

What is Think Big?O2 Think Big
O2, in partnership with the National Youth Agency, works to give young people the opportunity to make their ideas a reality. As a partner, The Trust will allocate O2 grants to projects that address the SLCN development of children and young people. This may be through:
• Awareness raising projects 
• Direct projects that improve the communication skills of those young people involved
• Projects developed specifically at a Hello related project, helping us reach our aims

How much are the grants for?
The Trust has annually until September 2013:
• 25 x £300 grants 
• 5 x £2,500 grants (for initial projects that prove to be successful)

Please spread the word and tell young people you work with about Think Big and encourage young people to apply. To download the application form, or to download a guide we have created for adults who would support them, please click here.

For further information or to discuss Think Big, contact Alison Marrs, Professional Advisor amarrs@thecommnicationtrust.org.uk  Completed application forms must also get sent to this email address.




Achievement 4 All

Achievement for All 3As has launched its charity and Achievement for All programme website, www.afa3as.org.uk

The programme has 500 schools engaged and we are currently in discussions with a further 500 schools. The full impact of the pilot will be shared in the University of Manchester report in November. The results are profound; since 2009, the Achievement for All programme has raised the aspirations, access and achievements of the 28,000 pupils in participating schools.

For more information, please visit the website and sign up on the programme registration page.



News from our members

The Communication Trust is a consortium of over 40 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.

If your organisation would like to become a member of The Communication Trust’s consortium please click here for more information or e-mail enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

Ambitious about Autism - Finished at School campaign
Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious About Autism have just launched a campaign called ‘Finished at School’ which aims to secure more and better educational options for all young disabled people once they finish school, to enable them to develop skills, gain employment, live more independently and ultimately to live the life they choose.

Please take a moment to sign their campaign pledge here: www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/finishedatschool  and if possible email your MP too.

I CAN - Communication Triathlon I CAN

With 261 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games, primary schools across the UK are being encouraged this month to register for the Communication Triathlon and join thousands of children and staff across the country who have already ‘exercised’ their speaking and listening skills.

The Communication Triathlon has been developed in partnership between Openreach and I CAN, the children’s communication charity. The Triathlon is a series of active and fun-filled events for primary schools, intended to boost speaking and listening skills, which can be undertaken by a class, a year group or a whole school over the course of a week or even a day.

The programme encourages children to take part in three London 2012-themed speaking and listening activities around Thinking, Talking and Teamwork and is split across 4-7 and 7-11 year olds.

The Communication Triathlon is free to take part in as it is supported by Openreach, BT’s local network business and is part of Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme. Schools can register for a free activity pack, which is full of fun activities devised by experts to help improve Thinking, Talking and Teamwork during a special day or week-long event by visiting www.communicationtriathlon.org.uk


Hello is sponsored by:

BT and andPearson Assessment

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2550 or email enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE

Website: www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
The SLCF: www.talkingpoint.org.uk/slcf

Sentence Trouble: www.sentencetrouble.info

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