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
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”
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”
In 2016 only 12% of pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs achieved expected standards in Reading, Writing and Maths at the end of primary school, compared to 53% of all pupils.
Often, the focus in school is on reading and writing, but without strong spoken language, children will struggle to do well.Statistic “SLCN impacts on attainment”
“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”