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BT: Louder voices

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The ability to communicate well is listed as one of the top ten life skills by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and UNESCO.

They have published additional research on the benefits communication skills bring for young people. These include improved learning, behaviour and self-awareness.

But as lifestyles change to place less emphasis on interpersonal skills, more and more young people are starting their education unable to speak properly and listen.

Many teachers tell us that some children in reception classes even struggle to say their own name.

This can lead to problems in early development, which can follow young people through school and hinder their chances of employment.

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