The Communication Commitment
- Dedicate a senior leadership team meeting to communication
- Set up a Communication Innovation Bank where staff share activities and ideas they find useful
- Introduce a visual support strategy in classrooms
- Read guidance on commissioning specialist speech and language support and discuss your actions as a leadership team
- Share information on communication with parents…
What do all these things have in common?
Well… they are all fantastic ways to improve your whole school approach to communication, and they are all actions that form part of our new resource, The Communication Commitment!
Schools have told us that they know that communication is important but that they need support to navigate their way through the information out there.
The Commitment is brought to you by The Communication Trust to provide this support. It’s a new interactive website for schools and provides a simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication.
Schools are guided through a three step process to help them support all their pupils to communicate better, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). You can see a flow chart of the Commitment journey, with further information about each step here.
We’ve worked to develop the site and its content in partnership with teachers, speech and language therapists, expert organisations and advisors, it’s also been rigorously tested by the Trust’s Trailblazer schools to provide simple and practical support that improves outcomes for pupils.
So far this all sounds fantastic, but, chances are, if you’re reading this blog you’re already switched on to the importance of communication across school… So… what’s in the Commitment for you if you’re already focussed on communication?
The Commitment has something for everyone; the actions you’ll choose from have been designed to offer a range of options. Across the five priority areas outlined below, you’ll be able to do as much or as little as you feel is necessary for your school.
- School leadership
- Workforce development
- Communication-friendly schools
- Supporting pupils with SLCN
- Engagement with parents, families and employers
The Commitment can be used however your school needs it. For schools who are new to a focus on communication, or who feel the structure and suggestions work for them- it can be used like manual. For schools who are further along the path, and who have different ideas or requirements from the Commitment, it can be used as inspiration to spark these- once you’ve completed your actions you’ll also be directed to the services and programmes provided our expert member organisations for those who want to take it further. And for schools who want to take a bit of both approaches- that’s an option too!
So wherever your school’s at with communication, the Commitment could just be the motivation you need push things forward.
Visit and register at the site now to find out more about the Commitment and start your journey!
This blog is written by The Communication Trust