The inspirational examples of effective work on language and communication which I saw in schools and settings across the country in my time as Communication Champion and since then have all had one thing in common: a multi-level approach. By this I mean that the schools and settings invariably worked at three levels, or ‘waves’: everyday classroom curriculum prac - tice, ‘catch-up’ interventions for groups of children, and more specialist inter ventions for those with the greatest difficulties. In many cases the schools and settings also built strong partner - ships with parents/carers in their vital role supporting their children’s language development.