Lynne Milford Thinkipiece

The Communication Trust call to schools to commit to communication

The Communication Trust has launched a new paper, calling on schools to do more to put emphasis on children and young people developing good speech, language and communication skills.

A Generation Adrift draws together research showing that many children and young people are not being adequately supported to develop good communication skills and those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are often misunderstood or missed altogether. It shows that high numbers of children living in poverty have an SLCN and unless the issue is tackled it can have a long-term effect on their future academic success and wider prospects.

The Trust will also be using this opportunity to highlight solutions to these problems, such as What Works – a database of evidenced interventions for supporting children with SLCN, developed in partnership with the Better Communication Research Programme, which will be launched this month.

Download a copy of A Generation Adrift.

The Trust believes communication should be at the heart of schools’ policy and practice in order that every child can achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally and in their future career. It is developing a Communication Commitment  supporting schools to put communication at the heart of their policy and practice by focusing on 5 key areas, giving suggestions of how to embed good practice and signposting them to effective resources from the Trust and its Consortium.

It has also worked with City & Guilds to develop a Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication to help the children’s workforce boost their understanding of typical speech, language and communication development and how they can support children who have SLCN. The Trust believes that a better understanding children’s communication development will help the children’s workforce support all children’s communication and spot those children who are struggling so they can get support sooner. Information about the Award is available here.