Our purpose for being
We are passionate about developing the communication skills of all children and young people. We strive to enable all children to communicate to the best of their ability and to reap the rewards that confident communication brings.
We aim to provide services that develop these fundamental skills, impacting not only on communication, but also on wider academic and social outcomes.
Meet The Team
Hello, I'm Wendy
I have worked with children and for children for over 30 years in all settings, from early years to mainstream secondary. My role has been diverse, from Therapist to Lecturing undergraduates. Then onto the third sector as a professional advisor for I CAN and professional director for The Communication Trust.
I have worked on professional content of a national campaign, developed interventions, such as Talk Boost and resources for practitioners. We have recently developed a universal communication curriculum for key stage 3 which has produced significant improvement for children in the test school.
Hello, I'm Simon
I have been a teacher for over 20 years. The last 13 years as a Head of a consistently good and improving school. Prior to teaching I worked in business, supporting small businesses start-up. I remain a governor of a local secondary school.
Expertise has been developed in the management and analysis of student data, behaviour management, staff development and identifying and targeting whole school priorities.
Through experience, I have direct insight into the challenges facing mainstream colleagues, both in primary and secondary contexts.
“We are starting to see improvement in the children already. The children in the language group are making brilliant progress; we now have a much better idea of who needs what and what we can do about it.”Claire Chambers, Reception Class Teacher
Communication was the top entry-level skill required by employers according to a survey done by the British Chambers of Commerce Business and Education in 2015.
According to the survey, good communication skills were most valued (88%), rated above literacy, numeracy, computer skills and teamwork.Statistic “Good communication skills are valued”
“Our visiting consultants must be extremely experienced in their field at both child/school level and the wider national developments; Wendy ticked every box, and more! Her passion to improve the speech, language and communication of children and young people was clearly evident in every presentation she gave.”Zena Martin, Director at Inclusive Learning North
Research tells us that 7.6% of children in the early and primary phases have developmental language disorder (DLD).
In reality, far more common than other conditions, such as autism or dyslexia.Statistic “DLD is probably the most common childhood condition you have never heard of” Norbury, 2016
“The children love coming to the sessions, even those boys who we thought really wouldn’t engage with it are so engaged in each session and actually working together. We can see changes in their language as the weeks go on and the boys themselves are commenting on the progress they are making.”Secondary School HLTA