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.
“I am again so excited about the work that is planned and the potential impact it may have for our young people. Thanks for your enthusiasm Wendy, I am excited about the opportunities it will open to our students and the impact it will have in the journey of improvement for all at our school.”Saira Luffman, Secondary Head Teacher
“Children who enter school with good language skills have better chances in school, better chances of entering higher education and better economic success in adulthood.”Quote “International Centre for Language and Communicative Development”
“The ability to use spoken language effectively has to be learned; and even highly intelligent people may not have learned how best to use talk to get things done”Quote “Professor Neil Mercer, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge”
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
“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