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The national year of communication
Introducing Hello • Hello is the national year of communication – a campaign to make children and young people’s communication development a priority in homes and schools across the UK (www. hello. org. uk). • The campaign is run by The Communication Trust, a group of 40 leading voluntary sector organisations in partnership with Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion. • The campaign is sponsored by BT and Pearson Assessment and backed by the Department for Education.
• 1 Voice • ACE Centre North • Action for Children • Afasic • Ambitious about Autism • ARCOS • Auditory Verbal UK • Barnardo’s • British Stammering Association • Cand. LE • CENMAC • Chailey Heritage Trust • Contact a Family • Communication Matters • Dialogue. LAB • Elklan • Find a Voice • I CAN • KIDS • Language for Learning • Learning Partnership. com • The Makaton Charity • Mencap • MERU • National Autistic Society • National Literacy Trust • NAPLIC • National Deaf Children’s Society • Paget Gorman Society • St Catherine’s • Scope • SEBDA • Signalong • SMIRA • Symbol UK • The Children’s Society • The Children’s Trust Tadworth • The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children
The origins of Hello • The national year was originally proposed by John Bercow MP in his 2008 Review of Services for Children and Young People(0 -19) with speech, language and communication needs. • 77% of parents who responded said that they did not get the information and support that they needed when they needed it. 12% said they “needed to know where to look”. • The review noted “there is grossly inadequate recognition across society of the importance of communication development. ” • It recommended, and government agreed, that a campaign should be organised to increase understanding of how important it is to be good at communicating.
Why have a national year • Communication is a fundamental life skill that anyone can learn and improve. It underpins everything we do and is how we connect with another person. • In the UK, over 1 million children have long term and persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). This can affect them early, severely and for life. • In areas of poverty, over 50% of children start school with delayed language skills. They may have a smaller vocabulary, unclear speech or be able to understand only simple instructions. • For many of these children, their daily struggle to communicate means they are shut of everyday life. Their barriers are often invisible to others meaning they can be misunderstood, misinterpreted or missed altogether.
Poor communication impacts on. . . Educational achievement Behaviour/vulnerability • 50 - 90% of children with persistent SLCN go on to have reading difficulties • Only a fifth of children with SLCN reach the expected levels for their age in English and Maths at age 11 • 2/3 of 7 -14 year olds with serious behaviour problems have language impairment • Children with SLCN are more likely to be bullied Employability • “. . communication skills are the most important employability skills and a lack of them in a candidate is a deal breaker. . . for many employers”. (Sir Michael Rake, BT) Criminality • 60% of young people in young offender institutions have communication difficulties Mental health • 40% of 7 to 14 year olds referred to child psychiatric services had a language impairment that had never been suspected Disadvantage Cycle • Children from low income families lag behind high income counterparts at school entry by sixteen months in vocabulary. • Vocabulary at age 5 has been found to be the best predictor of whether children who experienced social deprivation in childhood were able to ‘buck the trend’ and escape poverty in later adult life
Language – a foundation life skill Wider range of life chances Like and stay at school Positive self-esteem Academic success Friendships & acceptance Manage behaviour & problem-solve Literacy skills LANGUAGE SKILLS Social skills
The aims of Hello 1. To create a society that understands the fundamental role that communication plays in our ability to live life to the full. To do this by: – – – Increasing awareness and understanding of children’s typical communication development Disseminating information on how to spot if children are struggling, and on where to go for help and support Improving the ability of parents and professionals to develop and support children's speech, language and communication 2. To prompt tangible improvements for the 1 million plus children and young people in the UK with some form of long-term speech, language and communication need. These tangible improvements include: – – – More support for parents and carers Earlier identification of children’s difficulties Earlier and more appropriate referral to specialist support
Hello audiences The following are priority audiences for the campaign All parents/ carers Children’s Workforce - Parents to be and parents of 0 -1 - Parents 1 -5 - Parents of lower income families - Parents of children identified with SLCN - Early Years - Primary Years - Secondary Years -Health Visitors and workers - GPs - Speech and Language Therapists Young People Commissioners - Aged 14 -19 - Local authority commissioners - Health commissioners (GPs, GP Consortia, Primary Care Trusts) - School commissioners (Head teachers and governors)
What you can do to get involved
Support counts at every level. . . Make a difference! In your practice Make a splash!! In your setting Change the world!!! Feed into local strategy set up your own local events
Individual level ‘If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. ’ Betty Reese
Things you can do now ü Promote Hello to others – befriend us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download our e. Communications toolkit from the Hello website and add text to your newsletters, Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also download a press release template at www. thecommunicationtrust. org. uk/hello ü Email hello@thecommunicationtrust. org. uk to receive the Hello logo and branding guidelines. Add the logo to your materials, flyers, email signatures etc.
Promote our 5 key messages 1. Being able to talk and listen well is important. 2. Learning to talk doesn’t happen by accident! Adults play an important role. 3. More children than you think struggle to learn to talk about 1 million in the UK. 4. Poor language puts children at risk of literacy, behaviour and social / emotional difficulties. 5. The earlier we spot children who have difficulties the better.
Sign up to Hello online information www. hello. org. uk – the campaign website. Information on how to get involved www. talkingpoint. org. uk - the information portal for parents and professionals on speech, language and communication
Order campaign materials From Hello. org. uk • Misunderstood • Don’t Get Me Wrong • Top Tips Leaflet • Universally Speaking Booklets • Primary School Milestone Poster • Secondary School Milestone Poster • Promotional Posters • Listen Up • Other Ways of Speaking
Share Tell us your stories Send to us at www. hello. org. uk We will add to the website Use case stories with the national and local press TCT will collate stories and use as evidence
Link events to monthly themes January Hello. Don’t take communication for granted February and March Early chatter matters – from bump to birth and beyond April - It’s not just about talking May - Good communication begins at home June - Imagine life for those that struggle July - Skills for work, life and play August - Talk and go September - Back to school October - More than words November - Celebrating communication December - Talk to the future
Shine a Light Awards ‘Shine a Light’ are the. Hello campaign awards, in partnership with Pearson Assessment, for developing children and young people’s communication. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of settings, professionals and individuals – those who work with children and young people, those responsible for planning children’s services as well as parents and young people. The winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony taking place at Pearson’s Head Office in London on Wednesday 23 November. Full details of the awards and how to apply can be found at www. helloawards. co. uk
Who might be involved locally Health visitors Speech and language therapists GP consortia Local authority early years teams School improvement services Inclusion services Special schools and units Specialist schools for language and communication • Ethnic minority achievement services • • Parenting support Family information services Family learning teams Libraries and museums Youth offending teams Voluntary organisations Early years settings – children’s centres, nurseries • Schools • Local higher and further education institutions. • • For advice on local planning, download the All Together Now toolkit from www. hello. org. uk
Who might be involved locally? Higher education institutions Health visitors Schools and settings Early years teams SLTs Specialist schools School improvement Parenting support Family inclusion services Family learning teams Inclusion services Who? Libraries and museums Youth offending teams EMA services Voluntary bodies Special schools and units
Planning template Questions to ask ourselves: • How does Hello fit with our local and regional priorities? • Who are our priority target groups? Are they the same as the Hello audiences? • What do we want our audiences to do differently? • What actions shall we take? • How can we piggy - back on what is happening with Hello nationally? • What resources / initiatives do we have already? • How can we share information or case studies with the Hello campaign so they can promote our work nationally? • What resources do we need? • Who might we approach locally to support / fund us? • How will we know if we have succeeded?
Planning • • Objective Action Person Time
Examples of creative ideas • Nottinghamshire -‘Baby achievement walls’. • Sheffield- ‘the biggest conversation in the world’. • Cornwall - Augmentative and Alternative Communication roadshows. • Blackburn with Darwen - children take over a village for a day. • Harrow – open house events in settings, schools and services.
Things you can do now ü Check out our range of Hello resources and publications – you can download or order FREE of charge. If you need bulk copies for a major event, email hello@thecommunicationtrust. org. uk. ü Set up a local multi-agency planning group, or volunteer to be your school / setting / organisation champion or even the Hello co-ordinator for your area. You can see who has signed up to be a co-ordinator on the Hello website. ü If you work in early years or provide training, free materials are now available that supports the delivery of the Early Years Mandatory pathway in the new Level 3 Children’s Workforce Diploma. Email enquiries@thecommunicationtrust. org. uk or call 020 7843 2517 to order yours now. ü Let us know your plans so we can shout about your work. Email hello@thecommunicationtrust. org. uk or call 0207 843 2550.
In a nutshell, we want people to. . . • Understand the importance of communication • Take Action Information / resources / publications Engagement toolkits / specific “asks” • Support children and young people Practical resources
www. hello. org. uk