The Communication Trust Newsletter
August 2017


The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We harness our collective expertise to support the children’s workforce and commissioners to support all children and young people’s communication skills, particularly those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Become a Local Champion or Language Leader! 

Local Champions
We are always looking for local practitioners who are able to spread the word on the importance of speech, language and communication. To find how to become one of our Local Champion’s email
Language Leaders
We have also developed a network of Language Leaders, specifically for those in leadership or strategic roles such as service leaders, head teachers and deputy heads who are able to share the importance of communication and effect change from a strategic level. Get in touch with us to find out more - 

We are particularly interested in recruiting Local Champions and Language Leaders who work across the 12 Government Social Opportunities areas. If you work in one of those areas we’d love for you to get in touch.


Upcoming events...

The Communication Trust are attending the following events in September and October:

If you’re planning to attend either of these events, come and see us! We will be giving away lots of our resources including Universally SpeakingLet’s Talk About It, Communicating the Curriculum, and our new, recently launched report Talking About a Generation,  and many more!


Professional Development Opportunities in Speech, Language and Communication

Level 3 Looking to gain a qualification in speech, language and communication? Our Level 3 accredited qualification in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication aims to boost your knowledge and skills in:

  • observing and recognising stages of development in speech, language and communication
  • helping you to identify children who are experiencing difficulties
  • developing your confidence in working with parents to support their child’s speech, language and communication development
  • identifying approaches to support the speech, language and communication development of children and young people learning more than one language

Who is it for?
The Award is relevant for practitioners in a wide range of settings but it is particularly relevant to those working directly with children and young people (aged 0-25) in learning and development roles such as early years practitioners, teachers and teaching assistants.

Would you like to gain your qualification online?
Platform 3 is an evidence based, online route to completing the Level 3 Award. You are able to study towards an accredited qualification at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient for you.

Watch our Platform 3 video to find out more about completing the Level 3 Award online!


Additional date added: Local Authority workshops on supporting children and young people’s speech language and communication

In some areas of the country, 50% of children are entering school without the speech, language and communication skills needed for learning. Local Authorities (LA) have the power to transform the support that children with speech language and communication needs receive locally.

The Communication Trust have been commissioned by the Department for Education to deliver workshops for LAs to provide the information and tools needed to;

  1. enhance support at a strategic level for children and young people with speech language and communication needs,
  2. enable them to reach their full potential, and
  3. to fulfil statutory duties in relation to the SEND Code of Practice (2014).

Workshops are for those working in a Local Authority for children and young people at a strategic level. They will take place between 10am-3pm in:
London, Sept 20th, book your place here
Manchester, Nov 2nd, book your place here
Bristol, Jan 18th, book your place here


Courtenay Norbury and Theresa Redmond share their thoughts on evidence

Developing and Using Evidence Two new blogs have been added to our Developing and Using Evidence page. Courtenay Norbury shares what longitudinal studies tell us about intervention needs and Theresa Redmond discusses what you should be considering when evaluating training that you’ve attended- is it just about the quality of the biscuit?

Both blogs can be accessed here.


No Pens Day Wednesday – 4th October 2017

NPDW 17No Pens Day Wednesday is a national speaking and listening event which encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities! This year's No Pens Day Wednesday will take place on Wednesday 4th October 2017. However, you can run your day whenever suits you best, the resources stay on the site all year round
The full suite of free No Pens Day Wednesday 2017 resources is now live on our website – with only a few weeks left until the big day, now is the perfect time to sign up!

Evidence from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills shows that employers rate communication skills as their highest priority, above even qualifications. In light of this, we are extending NPDW to an FE audience is to support colleges to enable young people to develop the communication skills that will allow them to thrive when they leave education. We have added a new section for Further Education resources to the website, with 15 new lesson plans. This carries on from our theme in 2014, where we successfully expanded NPDW to early years settings and special schools.

This year we have also released our new 2017 activity pack, as well as a selection of new posters for settings to publicise No Pens Day Wednesday.
Did you know that No Pens Day Wednesday takes place during Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017? In association with the British Dyslexia Association, we have developed a document with some fantastic suggestions about how dyslexic students can be supported during NPDW.

To access all of these resources and to join us in raising awareness of the importance of speech, language and communication skills in your school or setting, sign up at  
Once you have registered you will be able to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday on 4th October 2017 (or whenever works best for you)! 


Development Language Disorder Awareness Day – 22nd September

A recent process led by Professor Dorothy Bishop and Maggie Snowling of RADLD, previously known as RALLI, aimed to reach a consensus about terminology in this area. After months of discussion and review they are delighted to confirm that the agreed term is now Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and it replaces other terms such as Learning Language Impairment (LLI) and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). We hope this will help lead to improved awareness, identification and ultimately support.

DLD affects approximately 2 students in every classroom. We know speech and language therapy and school support is beneficial for these students. We know this difficulty is often hidden and can be difficult to identify. There will be a DLD Awareness Day on 22nd September. We need your support to help us spread the word.



Whole School SEND Strategy Summit

Whole SchoolFollowing on from the first Whole School SEND Summit, Whole School SEND are hosting their next conference at Church House, Westminster on the 20th September 2017.

The event is for multi-academy trusts (MATs), regional leaders, policy influencers and other sector voices to come together with the shared aim of driving improvement in SEND provision. Combining practical solutions with wider discussions on policy and practice, this event is ideal for MAT CEOs and inclusion leads working across groups of schools.

The speakers include Sir David Carter, The National Schools Commissioner; Warwick Mansell, Education journalist and author; Anita Kerwin-Nye, Chair, Whole School SEND; Sarah Driver, MAT Governor, Parent of three children with SEND and Founder/Chair of Driver Youth Trust and Malcolm Reeve, Director of Inclusion, Academies Enterprise Trust.

The event will also feature a series of interactive workshops hosted by leading voices on SEND and inclusion. The areas of discussion will include:

  • Oversight and Governance
  • Making Inclusion Work
  • Models for Building Capacity Across Groups of Schools

Tickets are subsidised at £200 and bursaries are available for those to whom cost is prohibitive. Use our discount code if you wish to book tickets - wsscommstrust.

Click here for more information.





News from our members

The Communication Trust is a Consortium of over 50 voluntary sector organisations. We bring together our expertise to ensure that the speech, language and communication needs of all children and young people are met through signposting, specialist training, support and guidance to people working with children and young people.

If your organisation would like to become a member of The Communication Trustís Consortium please go to or for more information email

Take a look at our Consortium Catalogue which includes information on the products and services available from our members for those working with children and young people. 


Auditory Verbal UK's Autumn training schedule AV UK

Auditory Verbal (AV) UK has published its autumn training schedule. AVUK offers training in Auditory Verbal techniques for professionals working in the field of paediatric hearing loss and across the health and education sectors. This autumn they will offer the below courses:

For more information about these and other day courses and bespoke training opportunities visit AVUK's website, or you can email or call 01869 325000. 

Constructive Outdoor Play – A parent’s perspectiveICAN

Larisa Strickland is a governor at I CAN’s Meath School and is also a parent of a pupil, Matthew (8). She recently observed a Forest School session in action. Here she discusses the importance of constructive outdoor play and how it has affected Matthew’s learning and development.

To read this blog please click here.


Contact us

If you would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2526 or email
The Communication Trust, 31 Angel Gate, Goswell Road, London, EC1V 2PT


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