The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

What is the Speech, Language and Communication Framework?

Developed by The Communication Trust, the SLCF is a free online professional development tool which sets out the key skills and knowledge needed by the children and young people’s workforce to support the speech, language and communication development of all children and young people. It is a self-assessment tool which enables individuals to map out their skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting the development of these essential skills in the children and young people they work with.

The SLCF provides users with a personalised analysis of their current confidence levels and offers suggestions for next steps in continuing professional development (CPD) including training courses, reading and resources. In addition, at the Universal level, there are opportunities for practitioners to develop their learning through short interactive online activities.

Can I use it to evidence good practice?

The SLCF can be used in a number of ways – by practitioners wishing to improve their skills or knowledge or as part of a course, for example. There are a series of case studies illustrating how people have used the SLCF to evidence good practice

Why do we need the SLCF?

Speech, language and communication are central life skills. They are linked to learning, attainment, behaviour, social and emotional development as well as mental wellbeing, so it is essential that everyone working with children and young people understands the importance of their role in supporting and developing these crucial skills.

The SLCF brings together competencies in supporting the speech, language and communication of children and young people into one place. Using the SLCF practitioners can easily see what they currently know and what areas they need to develop further.

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) affect a huge number of children and young people in the UK. Approximately two children in every year one classroom will experience a clinically significant language disorder that impacts on their learning. Language disorders are also more than seven times more prevalent in children than other developmental conditions such as autism.

Would you like to audit your own knowledge, skills and confidence in speech, language and communication?

Complete the online assessment tool