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Children’s joke competition returns to Westminster

Childrens joke competition 2014 winner

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has teamed up with the Communication Trust to run another joke competition at Westminster.

The competition, Voice Box, which aims to raise awareness of the fun and importance of communication, has also been extended to secondary pupils.

Mainstream primary, secondary and special schools in England, Scotland and Wales are invited to work on their own, or with their speech and language therapist, to hold a joke-telling competition between 7 September and 14 December 2015.

Send RCSLT the winning joke from your school by 14 December and a judging panel will shortlist the best ones they receive. The shortlisted joke tellers, along with their parent or guardian, will be invited to a grand final at Speaker’s House in Westminster on 2 March 2016.

Last year’s finalists told their winning joke to a judging panel that included comedian Lee Mack.

Together with the Communication Trust’s 'No Pens Day' on Wednesday 7 October 2015, Voice Box will help schools bring communication to the fore in the 2015 autumn term.

RCSLT CEO Kamini Gadhok MBE says: “The aim of Voice Box is to remind people that in every classroom, there are children who need support to help them speak and understand what is being said to them. By helping the children to resolve their speech, language and communication difficulties, children become more receptive to learning, are better able to handle social situations and can develop emotional maturity and better behaviour.

“Undetected or untreated speech, language and communication problems can lead to low levels of literacy, poor educational attainment and, in turn, difficulties finding employment.”

Visit www.givingvoiceuk.org/voiceboxwestminster to download the online toolkit with everything you need to run your own Voice Box competition.

Page Published: 29/06/2015