Through a network of Communication Champions and Communication Hubs in Norwich, we have created a universal approach to speech, language, and communication development in Early Years, which all staff, not just teachers, can use in their daily interactions with children.
Communication Champions within schools and settings cascade learning to colleagues following a programme of CPD. Champions also offer training and support to parents so that all adults around a child can support children’s speech, language, and communication needs.
We are now sharing the training for Communication Champions with schools and early years settings in three Breckland towns (Thetford, Swaffham and Dereham) and facilitating access to learning and expertise from the Norwich Communication Hubs as well as Hub-led training funded in Norwich.
The aim is to create a network of upskilled practitioners and in 2021/22 identify a school/setting to lead a local Communication “Hub” in Breckland.
There are 100 schools and settings in scope across the three target towns.