What Works?
  • What is What Works?

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  • Who is What Works for?

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  • Why should I use What Works?

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  • How do I use What Works?

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  • How do I submit an intervention?

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  • Get involved in What Works

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  • Understanding the evidence base

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  • The SEND Code of Practice

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  • Glossary of terms

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  • What Works Training Database

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Disclaimer from The Communication Trust

What Works is a free, moderated virtual library of evidenced interventions to support children's speech, language and communication.

What Works is hosted by The Communication Trust, with development of the site funded by the Department for Education. The database is now maintained and further developed by a Moderating Group of academics and representatives from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and The Communication Trust, with continued funding from the Department for Education. 

 

Some important points to keep in mind when using What Works:

  • Evidence about what has worked in the past offers no guarantee that an approach will work in all circumstances; readers are encouraged to look at all the information on each intervention to ensure they understand all details and for which children it is most beneficial.
  • Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given, no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors, omissions or misleading statements.
  • What Works includes reference to a range of research and publications of third parties: the Communication Trust is reporting on information available in the public domain, but is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the original publications or related material. Readers are encouraged, as they would with all research, to read with a critical eye.
  • The Trust does not endorse interventions that have been included on What Works but seeks to make the academic evidence base on each as accessible as possible so that practitioners can make informed choices on which interventions are the most suitable for the children and young people they work with. Choice of interventions for individual or groups of children will always rely on professional judgements of the team around any child or groups of children. All children are different and decisions around most appropriate programmes of work are complex and dependent on detailed knowledge of context as well as children. What Works aims to support informed decisions, adding to the available toolkit of knowledge and information open to practitioners.
  • Inclusion on What Works therefore does not constitute an endorsement from the Moderating Group or The Communication Trust either for individual interventions or the organisations which produced them. When an intervention is accepted onto What Works, the authors are provided with suggested text to use to describe their inclusion.

 

Below please find the suggested text for authors to describe inclusion on What Works

This intervention is included on What Works, a moderated virtual library of evidenced interventions to support children's speech, language and communication which can be accessed at www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/whatworks. Whilst inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the What Works Moderating Group, it means that the Moderating Group have assessed the evidence base as meeting the evidence criteria required for inclusion. What Works aims to support decision making, not determine it; the Moderating Group encourages all users of What Works to read the summaries of each intervention carefully and wherever possible access the evidence referenced.

 

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It is also important to note that the site currently only contains information on interventions. A wider more holistic approach is essential in order to effectively support children with speech, language and communication needs, particularly workforce and professional development packages. Practitioner knowledge, skill and confidence in supporting speech, language and communication can make an enormous difference to children and are a fundamental aspect of support. This should not be overlooked in preference to interventions alone.

For information on organisations offering a range of training opportunities, please click here or find out about the Communication Consortium here. For information on how to determine your continuing professional development (CPD) needs in relation to SLCN, please see the Speech, Language and Communication Framework.