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Pilot study

Talk of the Town (ToTT) was initially piloted as one of the three strategic programmes of Hello, the national year of communication, across a small federation of schools (one secondary school and three primary schools) in Wythenshawe, South Manchester from April 2011 - September 2012.  

Who was involved in the project?

The project involved many agencies and organisations including staff and leadership team of the Manchester Federation of Schools, The Communication Trust and the Consortium, the local speech and language therapy department, specialist consultants, independent speech and language therapists, the police, charities, early years' services and most importantly children, young people and their families.

An independent evaluation of the project, completed by Manchester University, indicated positive outcomes against all 4 of the key project aims:

  1. Early identification of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  2. Joint working between parents and practitioners across health and education
  3. Positive outcomes for children and young people with improved speech, language and communication skills
  4. sustainable approach to ensure that policy and practice continue to support positive outcomes

A further full evaluation evidenced tangible improvements and shifts in policy and practice against the original baselines. You can find a full evaluation of the ToTT pilot, using a range of qualitative and quantitative measures, here. An executive summary of this report is also available here.

In addition to this, the Centre for Equity in Education, led by Professor Mel Ainscow at the University of Manchester completed an independent report which can be read in full  here.

To view a video about our pilot study and to hear what our schools in Wythenshawe have to say about ToTT, click here.

Should you have any further questions about Talk of the Town, or if you'd like further information, please contact Theresa Redmond, TCT Professional Advisor, tredmond@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk.