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 for Schools

Information for schools on meeting the needs of pupils with SLCN through the reformed SEND system.


Support from The Trust:

  • Communicating the Code contains practical information, case studies and links to great resources to help all those involved with children and young people with SLCN fulfil their responsibilities effectively under the new Code of Practice. It is set out to reflect the 0 - 25 Code of Practice, so that practitioners can access the information they require quickly and easily.
  • The Communication Commitment, which will support schools to develop a whole school approach to communication and with implementation for the SEND reforms. You can find an introduction to the Commitment here. The Commitment has recently been updated to reflect the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.
  • The information for schools section of the Trust website
  • 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 the Consortium's expertise and services and how they can support your school. You can also access a catalogue of Consortium members' services and resources, now updated to cover the 0-25 age range

Support from our members' and partners':

  • Mencap have developed free guidance on: parent and young people's rights under the new system, outcome setting, and getting an EHC plan. They also have free resources outlining what's stayed the same and what's changed in the new SEN system as well as an overview of the reforms, including an easy read version. Access these resources here. They have also produced an easy read overview of the SEND Code of Practice, which you can find here.
  • The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have worked with nasen and the SEN Leaders programme to produce a briefing for schools on  what the reforms mean for schools one year on, who has responsibility for what and what support is available for schools. The briefing is available here.
  • CDC also provided useful guidance for schools including- 
    The SEN reforms: what schools need to know and what they need to do
    Education, Health and Care Plans: a checklist
  • Sense have produced a document called- Route map to meeting the needs of deafblind children and young people: Guide for professionals. It contains best practice guidance to help professionals working in education, health and social care services meet the specific needs of deafblind children and young people within the new SEND systems and processes.


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