Communicating the Code
The Communication Trust has developed Communicating the
Code specifically for people working directly with
children and young people with speech, language and communication
needs (SLCN) and it should be of use to those working in early
years, schools and post 16 settings.
The resource contains practical information, case studies and
links to great resources to help all those involved with children
and young people with SLCN fulfil their responsibilities
effectively under the new Code of Practice.
We have drawn on the latest evidence base, including the recent
landmark Better Communication Research Programme, and have worked
with partners and practitioners across the sector to develop a
resource that is useful to you in your work.
Communicating the Code is set out in sections to
reflect the Code of Practice, so that practitioners can access the
information they require quickly and easily. It aims to:
- Highlight key issues for SLCN in the new Code.
- Identify key strategies (including evidence and examples) which
may help to overcome these issues.
- Signpost to useful resources, examples of good practice and
How Communicating the Code can help those
working with children and young people with SLCN:
- It interprets the Code of Practice in relation to SLCN for all
sections, something no other resource to date has done.
- It sets out your responsibilities as a practitioner in the new
Code of Practice for children and young people with SLCN.
- It is practical and solution-focused - looking at the issues
practitioners face, and then suggesting strategies and approaches
to address these. It signposts to further information, case studies
and resources to assist.
- It brings together research and good practice on effective
working in all settings at a universal, targeted and specialist
level for children and young people with SLCN.
- It contains clear tips and guidance on how to enable the child
or young person to participate in outcome/target setting if s/he
- It considers how to work most effectively with parents,
families and other professionals - a key objective of the SEND
- And through this, it aims to increase your confidence in
identifying and supporting children and young people with
Please click here to download the full Communicating the
You can also download any section(s) you are interested
in seperately below:
Chapter 1 -
Chapter 2 - Children
and Young People
Chapter 3 -
Chapter 4 -
Engaging with Parents
Chapter 5.1 - Early
Chapter 5.2 -
Chapter 5.3 -
- Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans
Chapter 7 -
Chapter 8 - The
Chapter 9 -
There is a wide range of other guidance available to help
practitioners deliver the Reforms which Communicating the
Code seeks to add to rather than duplicate:
Please click here to find additional resources and
Please click here to see examples of good practice and
case studies relating to SLCN and the Code of Practice.
You may also be interested in our 'Cracking the Code
posters' which have been developed specifically for early
years practitioners to help develop knowledge and skills around the
SEND reforms and speech, language and communication
- Guides to ages and stages of communication development, top
tips for supporting speech and language, activity ideas... and much
more can be found at: www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/early-years
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