Good communication is the gateway to learning, friendships, academic achievement and success at work

Resources for practitioners

Audience: Schools, policy makers, commissioners

Format: Web only

This paper explains the importance of supporting speech, language and communcation within schools and what is needed to be done.

A Generation Adrift

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A video to support practitioners to effectively engage with parents about their child’s speech, language and communication.

A Professional Development Video: Talking to parents

Audience: All

Format: Web only

Alternative Paths to Literacy is a free resource for practitioners who support literacy skills in children and young people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).

Alternative Paths to Literacy

Audience: Practitioners using the reception baseline assessments

Format: Web only

Guidance for education staff on using the reception baseline assessment as an opportunity to identify and support children who have SLCN, as early as possible. 

Beyond Measure

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A guide to support small voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver children's speech, language and communication services to make a start with more impactful evaluation.

Building an approach to self evaluation

Audience: Commissioners

Format: Web only

A collection of case studies highlighting effective practice in speech, language and communication

Case Studies report

Audience: Early Years professionals, Primary professionals, Secondary professionals, Parents

Format: Web only

A toolkit to support different ways of celebrating communication

Celebrate Good Times Toolkit

Audience: Primary professionals, Secondary professionals

Format: Web only

Report on a 2009 consultation with children and young people

Children and Young People's Consultation

Audience: Teachers

Format: Web only

A guide to support teachers delivering and interpreting the phonics screening test to children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Communicating Phonics

Audience: Practitioners: Early Years, Schools, Post-16

Format: Web only

A free resource helping practitioners to support children and young people's communication in the reformed SEND system

Communicating the Code

Audience: Primary Schools

Format: Web only

Practical resource that supports primary schools to define and monitor progression within the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Spoken Language in Years 1-6.

Communicating the Curriculum

Audience: Primary and Secondary schools

Format: Web only

Checklists to see if your setting is communication friendly.

Communication Friendly Checklists

Audience: Primary, Secondary

Format: Web only

Communication Leaders is a peer-mentoring approach to supporting the language and communication development of primary and secondary pupils.

Communication Leaders

Audience: Schools

Format: Web only

This tool has been developed by the Better Communication Research Programme to be used in an observation of a classroom.

Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool

Audience: Anyone who works with children and young people as well as parents and children and young people themselves.

Format: Web only

This lists a large number of resources that are available to schools supplied by our Consortium members.

Consortium Resources Catalogue

Audience: All

Format: Web only

Our online course supports practitioners working across all age ranges to understand more about children and young people's speech, language and communication development. 

CPD Online Short Course

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A series of posters designed to provide a snapshot of the roles and responsibilities of the workforce in supporting students with speech, language and communication.

Cracking the Code

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A resource dedicated to helping the speech language and communication sector to take steps - big or small - towards understanding evidence and developing their own evidence base.

Developing and Using Evidence

Audience: Youth justice workers

Format: Web only

A report bringing together the key messages and recommendations from a round table event held in November 2014, focusing on SLCN in in the youth justice sector.

 

Doing justice to SLCN

Audience: Early years, Primary, Secondary

Format: Web only

Information for those who want to find out more about supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

Don't Get Me Wrong

Audience: All

Format: Web only

The Communication Trust has developed a series of case studies to showcase effective approaches for identifying, supporting and monitoring children and young people with English as an additional language (EAL) and SLCN.

EAL Best Practice Case Studies

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A national professional development programme for Health Visitors on speech, language and communication.

Early Voices, transforming lives through communication

Audience: Early Years

Format: Web only

A ‘One Stop Guide’ to take Early Years settings through key steps to consider when planning to commission speech and language services.

Early Years Commissioning Guidance

Audience: Early years practitioners

Our Early Years webpage is full of resources to support your work, including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.

Early Years Resources

Audience: Further Education settings

Format: Web only

TCT, in partnership with the Association of Colleges, has sourced 10 real-life case studies to inspire you to think about what you could do to improve speech, language and communication in your further education setting.

Further Education Case Studies

Audience: Schools, exam and assessment centres

Format: Web only

Guidance to support access to the Spoken Language Endorsement for GCSE English Language for learners with communication and/or hearing needs.

GCSE English Spoken Language Endorsement SLCN Guidance

Audience: All practitioners

Format: Video

This video explains how to use our suite of Progression Tools

'How to Use the Progression Tools' Video

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A one stop shop of tools and resources that support practitioners to identify speech language and communication needs.

Identifying SLCN page

Audience: Primary professionals

Format: Web only

Guide to help primary schools support children's speech, language and communication development

Information for Primary schools booklet

Audience: Secondary professionals

Format: Web only

Sets out the importance of speech, language and communication within secondary schools and identifies a range of useful resources

Information for Secondary School leaders

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A bank of materials, produced in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE) at UCL, to support Initial Teacher Education providers and trainee teachers to embed speech, language and communication into training.

Initial Teacher Education

Audience: All

Format: Web only

An accessible guide with accompanying printable resources for staff in education settings to help them understand, review and shape their approach to involving children and young people as part of good practice.

Involving Children and Young People with SLCN - A Brief Guide

Audience: Anyone who works with children and young people, parents and children and young people.

Format: Web only

A research project focussed on exploring the involvement of children and young people with SLCN and their families in decision making.

Involving children and young people research

Audience: Commissioners

Format: Web only

A report for all commissioners or those who want to find out more information about commissioning with regards to the SEND reforms.

Joint Commissioning Report

Audience: Initial teacher trainees

Format: Download and available to order

A booklet for trainee teachers or newly qualified teachers explaining what they need to know about children's communication skills

Let's Talk About It

Audience: Speech and language therapists, specialist and advisory teachers

Format: Hard copies available to purchase

Listen To Us is a new, practical resource for people providing training support or professional development in speech, language and communication needs.

Listen To Us

Audience: Parents, Early Years and Primary

Format: Web only

Two resources to encourage listening, understanding, interaction and play.

Listen Up

Audience: All

Format: Web only

The Communication Trust is showcasing a collection of examples of good local practice in identifying children and young people with speech language and communication needs. 

Local SLCN Identification Case Studies

Audience: All phases

Format: Web only

A series of factsheets to help settings plan and write effective referrals to speech and language therapy services. They cover the decision-making process, what to consider about the child/young person and how to build a profile.

Making effective referrals

Audience: Early years, Primary, Secondary

Format: Download and available to order

Information for those who want to find out more about supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

Misunderstood

Audience: Early years, primary, secondary and special schools

Format: Web only

No Pens Day Wednesday encourages schools and early years settings to put down their pens and pick up their language by running a day of speaking and listening activities. 

The event is taking place on Wednesday 7th October 2015 - though you can take part whenever works best for you!

We're working on new and exciting ideas for 2015 and will update the No Pens Day Wednesday page with these once they're ready. However,we've got free resources across early years, primary, secondary and special schools from all previous years available for you to access at anytime.  These include;

 

-       Lesson plans

-       Activity ideas

-       Assembly ideas

-       Information for staff

-       Information for parents

-       Promotional materials

-       Resources from our members

-       And support to take your day further

 

All you have to do get immediate access to all these free downloadable resources is complete our quick and easy sign up form here.

No Pens Day Wednesday Resources

Audience: Practitioners and families

Format: Download and available to order

Looks at the different ways we communicate, especially those used by children whose speech is difficult to understand or have no speech.

Other Ways of Speaking

Audience: All

Format: Web only

This resource presents real-life, innovative solutions around overcoming some of the barriers to professional development in speech, language and communication. 

Overcoming Barriers - a workforce briefing

Audience: Further Education Settings

Format: Web only

A ‘One Stop Guide’ taking Further Education settings through key steps to consider when planning to commission speech and language services.

Post 16 Commissioning Guidance

Audience: Primary

Format: Download and available to order

Identifies milestones that primary aged children are likely to be at with their communication

Primary School Milestone Poster

Audience: Early years practitioners

Format: Available to purchase

The Tool supports early years practitioners to identify children who may be struggling to develop their speech, language and communication skills.

Speech Language and Communication Progression Tool - Age 3

Audience: Practitioners working with children aged 4-11

Format: Available to purchase

The Tool supports early years practitioners to identify children who may be struggling to develop their speech, language and communication skills.

Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tools - Primary

Audience: Practitioners who work with young people aged 11-18

Format: Available to purchase

The Tool supports early years practitioners to identify children who may be struggling to develop their speech, language and communication skills

Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tools - Secondary

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A new 'one stop guide' for schools commissioning speech and language therapy services

Schools Commissioning Guidance

Audience: Secondary

Format: Web only

Identifies milestones that secondary aged children are likely to be at with their communication

Secondary School Milestone Poster

Audience: Youth Justice workforce

Format: Web only

Report setting out the findings of an online survey about how the youth justice sector in England is responding to the SEND reforms, and how young people with SLCN are identified and supported.

The SEND reforms and SLCN in the Youth Justice Sector in England Report

Audience: Youth justice workforce

Format: Web only

To help the youth justice workforce improve their understanding of the communication needs of the young people they work with

Sentence Trouble

Audience: Youth Justice Workforce

Format: Web only

A number of posters and postcards for practitioners who work with young people who offend.

Sentence Trouble posters and postcards

Audience: Health professionals

Format: Web only

A short briefing paper produced to support health audiences to get a better understanding of SLCN, its prevalence and impact for children and young people.

SLCN Briefing for Health Audiences

Audience: Early years, Primary, Secondary, 14-19 year olds

Format: Available to order from I CAN

A book written by I CAN and Afasic that explains what a specific language impairment is, gives advice and support and shows where to go for further information.

SLI Handbook

Audience: Parents

Format: Web only

A toolkit with games and activities that support families to encourage children's communication skills when they are out and about this Summer.

Summer Talk

Audience: Young people 14-19

Format: Web only

A resource from BT to help young people aged 14-19 to develop their communication skills.

Talk Gym

Audience: All

Format: Web only

A new report from The Communication Trust that explores the development of speech, language and communication skills in children and young people, and especially those who struggle to communicate.

Talking About a Generation

Audience: Anyone who works with children and young people

Format: Website, download and printed resource

Sets out the skills and knowledge needed by practitioners to support the communication development of all children

The Speech, Language and Communication Framework

Audience: Early years, Primary, Secondary, 14-19 year olds

Format: Available to download

Fold out poster with 10 Top Tips  to help make the most of children and young people's communication skills.

Top Tips Leaflet

Audience: Primary professionals, Secondary professionals

Format: Web only

Report on what teachers need to support children with speech, language and communication needs when moving from primary school to secondary school

Transition Report

Audience: Early Years professionals, Primary professionals, Secondary professionals

Format: Download and available to order

Three ages and stages guides on children's communication development

Universally Speaking

Audience: All

Format: Web only

The information on What Works can support education staff including Head Teachers, Teachers or SENCos make an evidence based decision on either training for your staff team or interventions.

What Works for Education Settings

Audience: All

Format: Web only

Our new report presents the findings of a national survey with the children and young people’s workforce

Workforce Development Survey

Audience: Youth justice workforce

Format: Web only

The Communication Trust has developed a series of case studies with youth justice settings to showcase effective approaches for supporting young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Youth Justice best practice case studies