A number of recent Ofsted reports note that a common feature of the most successful schools surveyed was the attention they gave to developing speaking and listening

Support and guidance around joint-commissioning for SLCN

The following guidance supports the effective joint commissioning of services for children and young people with SLCN.

Resources from The Trust:

  • Commissioning for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): Using the evidence from the Better Communication Research Programme - a commissioning guide for SLCN draws on the evidence from the Better Communication Research Programme together with the extensive experience of the author Marie Gascoigne in her work developing the Balanced System®. This synthesis of the evidence is presented as a micro site which can be accessed here. Alternatively, the report can be downloaded as an interactive pdf with links to all the relevant source material.
  • Implementing the SEND reforms- Joint commissioning for children and young people with SLCN  - this report aims to provide readers with practical information regarding commissioning for SLCN services within the context of implementing the SEND Reforms. It provides a synthesis of the key messages from the Communication Council seminar  held in February 2014 together with additional information and guidance around the 2014 SEND reforms.
  • The Communication Council has also updated a briefing on SLCN specifically for health audiences in line with the reformed SEND system which may be useful to share with health colleagues to support joint working. 
  • Commissioners may also be interested in What Works, a database of evidenced interventions to support children's speech, language and communication, developed by The Communication Trust and the Better Communication Research Programme. 
  • Our Consortium is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who have expertise and knowledge of children's speech, language and communication. Find out about our Consortium members' expertise and services and how they can support your work. A catalogue of members' products and services is available here, which covers the 0-25 age range.


Other resources specific to the reformed SEND system around commissioning include:


Other relevant resources include:


The Council for Disabled Children (CDC)are the SEN and disability strategic reform partner to the Department for Education. Find out more here.