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Disclaimer from the Communication Trust

The What Works Training Database is a free, moderated virtual library of evaluated training programmes to support children's speech, language and communication.

The What Works Training Database is hosted by The Communication Trust, with development of the site funded by the Department for Education.


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

  • 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.
  • Please note that although the What Works Training Database was developed from the What Works Intervention Database, the level of evidence and evaluation required is different. The moderating process also differs as submissions will only be reviewed by one member of the Moderating Group and will not be taken to group meetings so there will be no deadline for submitting programmes.
  • The What Works Training Database does not promise to be comprehensive at this stage. We have only included so far, training programmes that we have been made aware of, which meet the submission criteria. We hope that the database will prompt others to share their programmes with The Communication Trust, adding to the evidence base around training on speech, language and communication.
  • Inclusion on the What Works Training Database therefore does not constitute an endorsement from The Communication Trust (or the What Works Moderating Group) either for individual training programmes or the organisations which produced them. When a programme is accepted onto the What Works Training Database, the submitters are provided with suggested text to use to describe their inclusion.
  • Readers are encouraged to look at all the information and evaluation on each training programme to ensure that they understand all details.


Below please find the suggested text to describe the What Works Training Database: 

"The What Works Training Database brings together evaluated speech language and communication training programmes to enable professionals to find out more about their evidence. You are able to view who the training programme was written by, audience type and evaluation information. Practitioners and training providers are welcome to submit and can find details to do this on the website, http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/whatworkstraining. The database is hosted by The Communication Trust but moderated by a group of eminent academics in speech, language and communication."