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

SEND Reforms

The Children and Families Act received Royal Assent in March 2014. It includes clauses on special education needs (SEN) which aim to reform the SEN system. The majority of these changes, known as the SEN and Disability reforms, came into force from 1st September 2014.

The Communication Trust is committed to supporting all those implementing the reformed SEND system to meet the needs of children and young people with SLCN and their families.  In order to achieve this, we are working with the Department for Education, the SEND Regional Network, partners across the VCS sector, and the professionals that make up the children's workforce.


Please click the links below to find further information, guidance and support on the following areas of the reformed SEND system from The Trust, our Consortium and relevant wider partners. 



We will be developing further resources to support practitioners implementing the reformed SEND system. To be kept up to date on these resources, to let us know what is most needed or to share your expereinces of how the reforms are working in practice, please email enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk.


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