Early years

Welcome to the Bercow: Ten Years On Early Years page


Here you will find information and resources we feel will be of particular interest to you, along with practical ideas and resources to help you take action now.

Want to take action now? Try some of these practical ideas:

Read our short briefing paper on the main findings and recommendations of the Bercow: Ten Years On report.

Want to take action now? Try some of these practical ideas:

Communication is crucial – Raise awareness!


Use our information sheet, email template and Presentation to convince your local commissioner/headteacher of the need for a focus on spoken language.

Give them the briefing sheet for schools


Watch and share this video clip of a primary/secondary school teacher talking about the importance of spoken language for learning.

Log on to The Communication Trust’s speech, language and communication framework (SLCF) for an audit of your confidence in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication and SLCN.

Encourage other staff to do this and use the results as a discussion topic in a staff meeting.

Find out here where you can find Training in children’s in SLCN.

Use our email template and information sheets to contact your local MP.

An accessible and equitable service 


Use our information sheet to talk about local prevalence or numbers of children with SLCN in your setting with your setting manager or people responsible for commissioning SLCN support

Tell your school leader/commissioner about guidance produced The Communication Trust, I CAN and Better Communication to support effective joint commissioning. Share this video with your local school.

Support that makes a difference – share the impact!


Use our information sheet and presentation to share progress in communication and language, and the impact of SLCN support with Ofsted inspectors

Ask children and young people what support they prefer. Resources to help you coming soon

Use our information sheet to reflect on how you track children’s progress in language and communication, to make sure they are making progress.

Early identification and intervention




Audit the competences of staff in your setting using The Communication Trust’s speech, language and communication framework.


Find out here where you can find Training in children’s SLCN.


Use our information sheet to take a three step approach to identifying children with SLCN in your setting