Cued Speech News Autumn 2012.

Cued Speech News
Autumn 2012 Issue 53

Summer Cueing Weekend

The sun shone, tents were pitched, a small marque was erected as an informal classroom/crèche and cuers arrived from far and wide to enjoy the facilities at the River Dart Country Park. 
Cueing practice was mainly set around activities and we all enjoyed and benefited from the relaxed atmosphere; so much that we plan to repeat ‘cueing through activities’ next year, although hopefully, funds allowing, as part of a longer Summer Camp with more formal sessions in addition.

Learn to cue or improve your cueing

Do you want to learn to cue with your baby or child?
Or have you learnt and need extra input to boost your confidence or improve your fluency?
We have many ways to help:

we can even come to your home (depending on area).
Are costs an issue?
We know that tuition fees can be a problem for many families and thanks to the generosity of the St James’s Place Foundation we now have a Bursary Fund so that we can offer subsidised and occasionally free tuition for parents of deaf babies and children.  Contact us to talk through your training needs and how we can help. 
New cued videos for young deaf children
Funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Cate Calder and volunteers have created some wonderful videoed resources - cued songs, stories and nursery rhymes - for deaf children, their families and for professionals.  They are now being reproduced and will be available within days.  We have a few to give free to families; contact us to request a copy.

Tutor News

Well done to Carly Simpson who has completed her level 2 Cued Speech exam and has since qualified to become our Cued Speech tutor for the North East.
Do you want to be a tutor for the Cued Speech Association UK?  Do you have the level 2 Cued Speech exam?  There are some geographical areas where we currently have no tutors and we are keen to widen our reach.
If you are interested, please e-mail

Work with the Communication Trust on Phonics

The Communication Trust is a campaigning voice for children with speech, language and communication needs.  They raise awareness, influence policy, promote best practice among the children's workforce and commission work from members of the Communication Consortium.  The Consortium is a coalition of nearly 50 leading voluntary sector organisations, which includes the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the General Teaching Council and the Cued Speech Association UK.
Our recent work with them has included contributing to Communicating Phonics, an on-line guide to support teachers delivering and interpreting the Department for Education’s (DfE) phonics test to children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
The phonics test or phonics screen, is being administered to all Year 1 children from June 2012.  The DfE has supplied universal guidance for administering the checklist and for interpreting and responding to the results.  This guide, put together with the expertise of nearly 50 of specialist organisations, gives advice about delivering the test to children with SLCN and therefore fills a gap left in the government’s general advice.  Communicating Phonics also includes advice about the overall literacy development of children with SLCN.   To see the guide go to:

Cued Speech Association UK
is a charity which was established in 1975 to provide information about and training in Cued Speech.

This is achieved by:
- providing tuition
 - creating and making available teaching materials
 - maintaining standards by examining
 - collecting & disseminating information about international research and good practice
- working with other organisations.

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This newsletter is produced quarterly.
We welcome comments, articles and news of your events.

Good news on funding 

We were delighted to hear at the end of August that the trustees of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation had approved a substantial three-year grant towards core salaries.  We have also had significant grants from several other large charitable foundations.  
Our funding difficulties were caused mainly by the time we spent on three large applications (to the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Education) which, when all were unsuccessful, left us insufficient time to apply for alternatives. 
Together the new grants will enable us to continue to deliver and build our services. 
Thank you to all our funders, in particular the John Ellerman Foundation, the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, the St James’s Place Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Three-year Business Plan
A meeting of staff, users and trustees met in the summer to re-examine our direction and advise the re-write our out-of-date Business Plan, which we then used to support our funding applications.  For the re-write we had expert help from Dominic Millar, from the social enterprise group Primetimers.  His work with us was funded by the Communication Consortium through a Capacity Building grant from the Department of Education. Thanks to all for their input. 
Job opportunity 

One of the issues considered at the meeting which informed the three-year plan was staffing, especially with the retirement of Sue Tweed who has worked since 2001 as Fundraiser and later Deputy Executive Director.  It has been decided to combine Sue’s work with some of the administrative tasks of the Executive Director (who will cut her hours slightly) to create a new part-time post of Project and Charity Manager.
The job will be for 28 hours a week and will include report and bid writing, marketing and office admin; an understanding of accounts is essential.  Because of the width of the skills needed it might be possible to split the position between two candidates.  We are keen to appoint someone who can add to the skills of current staff.   
This is a great position which the person appointed can really make their own.  The office is in a beautiful location with a friendly, forward-looking team.  The application deadline is 16th October 2012 and interviews will take place at the end of October for a start-date in early December. 
Click here to download the job and person description and application details.

Pressure on Government
The new Children and Families Act is reaching the committee stage at which details – which may affect deaf children’s support and education for many years to come – will be decided.  The Association will continue to work individually, and increase our work with other organisations, to try to ensure that children who use Cued Speech are taken into account as the bill is drafted.

 Cued Speech -
complete spoken language through vision


Cued Speech is a
simple system which uses
eight handshapes
in four positions
near the mouth
together with the
lip patterns of normal speech
to make spoken language
fully accessible to
deaf and hearing-impaired
babies, children and adults.

Contact details:
9 Jawbone Hill  Dartmouth
Devon  TQ6 9RW
Voice & textphone: 01803 832 784
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