The Communication Trust and Consortium

Welcome to The Communication Consortium web pages

Several changes have taken place to The Communication Trust and The Communication Consortium since 2018.  The long-standing annual funding from the Department for Education came to a close and Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN), the host organisation since the inception of the Trust and Consortium, took responsibility for their management and administration.

From April 2021 the resources developed by The Communication Trust (TCT) are being hosted here on the Speech and Language UK website - we hope you will continue to find these useful. We welcome your feedback and if there are materials you have used before but are now struggling to find, please do contact us.

You can link to the online CPD short course, the Speech, Language and Communication Framework, Platform 3 training programme and the What Works database from the buttons below and there are sections linking to guidance; resources and strategy documents.

What Works supports practitioners to deliver evidence-informed interventions to support children and young people with speech and language challenges.

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TCT Intervention
  • The Communication Consortium

    The Communication Consortium is a membership body made up of more than 35 community and voluntary sector (not for profit) organisations which support children’s speech and language development.  This can be either for all children or children with particular speech, language and communication needs.

    The purpose of the Consortium is to:

    • Share information, insight and intelligence concerning developments in the speech, language and communication sector
    • Share examples of best practice amongst Members at Consortium meetings
    • Work together to make submissions to government or sector consultations when it is felt a sector-wide response would be beneficial
    • Work together to present a sector voice when it is felt necessary or beneficial to do so

    The Consortium Members normally meet three times per year.  A Consortium Chair is elected by the Members for a period of two years to facilitate the meetings, and the Consortium is administered by Speech and Language UK.  An Advisory Group provides advice and support to the Speech and Language UK Chief Executive for the strategic development of the Consortium, made up of The Consortium Chair, a Speech and Language UK speech and language expert and three Chief Executives or Directors of Member organisations who are elected to serve a three-year term each.

    Where felt appropriate, Consortium members are encouraged to explore with each other funding opportunities.  Where any funding opportunities for the work of the Consortium itself are identified, this will be shared with the Members for discussion and exploration.

    Communication Consortium grant programme

    During the three-year period, April 2020 to March 2023, a grant-giving programme is available for Consortium members, administered by Speech and Language UJ and subject to funding.  Only Consortium Members who have been active for at least 12 months will be eligible to apply for these grants.

    Details about year 2 of the grant programme is available here

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  • Members of The Communication Consortium

    The 36 organisations that are part of The Communication Consortium are as follows:

    Ace Centre
    Auditory Verbal UK
    Autism Early Support
    Better Communication CIC
    British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
    Chailey Heritage Foundation
    Charlton Park Academy
    Cleft Lip & Palate Association
    Commtap CIC
    Communication Matters
    Cued Speech
    Elklan Training
    English Speaking Board
    English-Speaking Union
    National Literacy Trust
    Sign Along
    Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN)
    Speech Bubbles
    St Catherine's
    Talking Mats
    The Children's Trust
    The Elizabeth Foundation
    Voice 21


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