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 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 I CAN 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.
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, language and communication development. This can be either for all children or children with particular speech, language and communication needs.
The purpose of the Consortium is to:
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 I CAN. An Advisory Group provides advice and support to the I CAN Chief Executive for the strategic development of the Consortium, made up of The Consortium Chair, an I CAN 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 I CAN 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
The 36 organisations that are part of The Communication Consortium are as follows:
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
English Speaking Board
National Literacy Trust
The Children's Trust
The Elizabeth Foundation
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