What Works is a moderated online library of evidenced interventions that aim to support children's speech, language and communication. It provides a free and accessible overview of the evidence base for each intervention. Practitioners from education settings can use the database to make their approach to speech, language and communication evidence informed.
The Communication Trust’s Brief Guide to Involving Children and Young People with SLCN is a free, accessible resource for practitioners in education settings. The resource covers the strategies you can use to gain the views, wishes and feelings of children and young people, ideas and advice to enable them to participate as fully as possible in decision making, and information about how to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.
The Communication Trust has launched a series of case studies showcasing good local practice in identifying young people and children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
The case studies cover all education phases, from early years and school to FE, and were collated from settings across the country. Each study shares processes and interventions that have improved outcomes and enabled more effective use of limited resources.
The Communication Trust, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Education, has produced a bank of materials to support Initial Teacher Education providers, and trainee teachers, to embed speech, language and communication into training. The materials can be downloaded for free on The Communication Trust’s website and for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video to support practitioners working with children and young people with how to raise initial concerns about a child or young person’s speech, language and communication development with their parents.
The video is intended to be used as a professional development resource, to enhance confidence and skills in talking with parents about their child’s speech, language and communication development and skills.
The Communication Trust have re-developed the course so it is now tailored for the needs of practitioners working across all the different education phases. Users have the option to access four different pathways – early years, primary, secondary or further education. Each course has a number of activities and resources to support learning.
This report by The Communication Trust presents the findings of our survey with more than 1200 members of the children and young people's workforce, where we asked about their experiences of professional development in speech, language and communication (SLC). Respondents were nearly unanimous in recognising the importance of SLC, but there were very significant gaps in their training in this area. The report also provides recommendations around improving the workforce's access to training.
The SLCF is a free online CPD tool from The Communication Trust, which sets out the skills and knowledge the workforce needs to support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. Individuals and groups can use the SLCF to evaluate their skills and highlight their learning needs, with tailored training and resource suggestions to support development.
The Communication Trust has developed a series of 'One Stop' guides to take settings through the key steps to consider when planning to commission speech and language services. These include top tips on decision making around the service that you commission, practical steps to take to integrate your service into your setting and how to assess if it’s actually working.
We have guides available for the following phases:
The Communication Trust’s Developing and Using Evidence webpage is an interactive online resource helping the speech language and communication sector to take steps- big or small- towards understanding evidence and developing their own evidence base.