Wider Workforce

Welcome to the Bercow: Ten Years On Wider Workforce 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.

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 children’s in SLCN.

Get involved in National campaigns which support speech, language and communication and SLCN

Use our information to Start a discussion and Discussion starters in your staff meeting/setting

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

An accessible and equitable service 


Use our information to share information about Local prevalence with 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 PowerPoint presentation for primary or secondary schools to share information about progress in spoken language, and the impact of SLCN support with Ofsted inspectors

Use our resources to ask children and young people what support they prefer

Use our information sheet and PowerPoint presentation for primary or secondary schools to share progress in speech, language and communication with your colleagues/leaders/Governors.

Demonstrate how SLCN support can impact on outcomes that are meaningful to commissioners. Resources to help you coming soon.

Early identification and intervention


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 SLCN.

Take a three step approach to identifying children and young people with SLCN in your setting.

Resources to help you coming soon

Use the best practice principles to audit staff development in SLCN in your setting. Resources to help you coming soon.