The Communication Trust provide various resources to help support your work in the Early Years, including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.
Early Years resources from the Communication Trust
Oracy Assessment Toolkit materials from the University of Cambridge
The Oracy Assessment Project at the University of Cambridge focuses on Developing a toolkit for assessing young people’s oracy (spoken language skills).
Materials produced during the Oracy Assessment Project are now available as free downloads online via the Faculty of Education website
The toolkit consists of a set of initial tasks, a set of curriculum-embedded, assessment-for-learning (AfL) tasks, for use throughout the year and a set of end of year tasks, together with a system for assessing performance on these tasks and giving feedback to the children. We have aimed to make the use of the toolkit as flexible as possible, so that teachers can use any or all of the AfL tasks at any points in the school year, with any number of children, depending on the circumstances within a school.
SEND Gateway online portal for educational professionals
The SEND Gateway from Nasen is an online portal offering educational professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
Sentence Trouble - a film from The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust’s exciting new film Sentence Trouble, is a ten minute film which makes a strong case for better communication skills within the youth justice workforce and includes the views of leading experts and practitioners.
With over 60% of young people in the youth justice system having speech, language and communication needs, it is vital that lawyers, secure estate staff, magistrates and the police are able to recognise SLCN and reflect on their own communication skills.
The film calls for young defendants with communication needs to have the right to an intermediary and for mandatory specialist training for lawyers and magistrates.
Speech and Language Therapy in Practice
Speech & Language Therapy in Practice is a UK based quarterly magazine aimed at practising therapists and students. It may also be of interest to related professionals.
Caroline Bowen’s Website for speech sound disorders.
Talking Point is a joint initiative of AFASIC, ICAN and RCSLT that will provide a gateway to all services and information associated with children with speech, language and communication needs.
The Communication Commitment from The Communication Trust
Communication is at the core of what we do at home, in school and in work.
For children and young people, good communication skills are important for learning and making friends, impacting widely across their development.
The Communication Commitment is a simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication.
You'll be supporting all of your pupils, including those with SLCN, to communicate better - part of the Ofsted Framework and preparing you for the SEND reforms. It's free to register and you'll receive free information, toolkits, resources and a personalised Action Plan.
What Works from The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust has worked with the Better Communication Research Programme to develop the What Works database of evidenced interventions to support children's speech, language and communication.
The What Works database has now been launched as a prototype with around 60 interventions included. The Trust is rolling out a year-long programme of consultation with key stakeholders and practitioners in order to ensure the database is fit for purpose and to continue adding further interventions.
What Works is endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.