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

Preparing for September 2014: Commissioning through the prism of speech, language and communication needs

On 25th February 2014, the Trust, secretariat to the Communication Council, with support from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, facilitated the Communication Council's conference for the Department for Education and the Department of Health on joint commissioning for children and young people with SLCN. The event brought together commissioners and professionals from both health and education, sharing evidence and best practice to help prepare for implementation of the SEND reforms.

On this page you will find materials from the conference, including the agenda, speaker biographies, and speaker presentations below. The materials available here provide support for those working to commission services for children and young people with SLCN. You can find out more about the Communication Council here.

Implementing the SEND reforms- Joint commissioning for children and young people with SLCN is a free report drawing together the key themes and messages from the day for professionals which you can access here

Workshop session materials

These presentations contain practical information information from the workshop sessions at the event. They were based around the good practice commissioning cycle of understand, plan, do and review, as well a specific focus on evidence-based approaches.

  • Understand and Plan - SLCN needs assessment - workshop by Helen Duncan, programme director for Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England, and Maria Luscombe, associate clinical director/head of paediatric therapy services at North West London's Hospitals Trust, and deputy chair of the RCSLT. 
  • Do and Review - understanding the commissioning cycle - workshop by Marie Gascoigne of Better Communication CIC, and Caroline Hart, Joint Commissioner for Children and Young People's Therapies, Buckinghamshire County Council 
  • Evidence-based approaches to support SLCN - workshop by James Law, Professor of Speech & Language Sciences at the University of Newcastle, and Leon Feinstein, Director of Evidence at the Early Identification Foundation


Morning session materials  

These presentations and hand outs include important information from The Department of Health, the BCRP, the North Yorkshire approach to joint commissioning for SLCN and best practice examples. 


Additional Materials and Links

Below you can find more information on some of the programmes and services referenced in the presentations.


If you would like any additional information about the conference or the Communication Council, please email thecommunicationcouncil@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk.