The Norwich Communication Champions Network

cropped-istock-473895280.jpg“A Communication Champion is a leader in empowering children and young people with the skills for their future”

Addressing speech, language and communication needs in the early years can have a powerfully positive impact on the health and wellbeing, educational progress and employability of children and young people.

The Communication Champions Network is a result of collaboration between local early years leaders and experts with the bold vision to create a universal approach to improving early speech and language across a range of early years settings by empowering staff to become “Communication Champions”.

What is a Communication Champion? 

A member of staff within your Early Years setting with a passion for developing children’s early speech and language skills. They may be a teacher, nursery assistant, childminder or member of support staff.

Schools and early years settings that sign up to the Communication Champions Network can nominate 2-3 Communication Champions who will receive comprehensive training to develop their own practice, and to become leaders in their own setting, delivering training to all staff to create a universal approach.

“A Communication Champion is at the heart of transformation in their setting, indeed in their area”

The investment we’ve made in our Communication Champions:

  • Quality training through The Communication Trust
  • Paid membership of an appropriate professional organisation
  • The chance to achieve a level 2 or level 3 qualification in Early Speech and Language
  • The opportunity to complete an MA with an approved provider
  • Network meetings and conferences across the Norwich Opportunity Area

Schools also receive:

  • A copy of WellComm – the complete speech and language toolkit
  • Train the Trainer resources

For more information please see here

Further Communication training is planned during Spring & Summer Terms 2020 (including Word-Aware, Sign-a-long, Elklan, Talk Boost & The Communication Trust).

If you or your teams would like to sign up to the Norwich Communication Champions Network and access training please contact Ashley Cater: ashley.cater@norfolk.gov.uk