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 know from research that around 50% of children in areas of disadvantage have speech, language and communication needs that may affect their learning, social and emotional development.
Statistic “Many children benefit from early targeted support”
84% of Head Teachers agree that oracy is very important yet 45% of Teachers reported that no one has responsibility for oracy in their school.
Quote “State of Speaking in Our Schools”
“It’s been a godsend to have Jenny [the therapist] in our school – she already feels like one of the team. She is brilliant at supporting staff to work with groups of children as well as working in the classroom and with individuals. She is key to making the changes we need to see in order to impact on the children’s speech and language.”Lottie Ransom, SENCo
“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
In 2016, only 19.8% of pupils with SLCN achieved five or more GCSE grades A*-C including English and mathematics, compared to 63% of all pupils. This gap is wider than that for all pupils with SEN.
Our Communication Curriculum supports pupils to make significant progress in language; pupils acheived a 1.31 progress 8 score following the curriculum work.Statistic “Pupils with SLCN need additional support”