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Workforce Development

What is SLCN Worcs Workforce Development Plan SLFC IDP
 
 
 
 

It is important that everyone who works with children has the appropriate knowledge and skills to promote speech, language and communication development; identify those children who are experiencing difficulties and support children with SLCN. A comprehensive workforce development plan is essential to include all those involved, both training of the wider workforce as well as on-going development of specialist staff.  Worcestershire’s workforce plan has been developed using national guidance published following the Bercow Review.    

All training courses in Worcestershire are mapped onto the national Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF). The SLCF provides a clear and detailed framework of the skills and knowledge in speech, language and communication which are important for everyone who works with children and young people. The SLCF is an interactive, online tool which provides a detailed and structured breakdown of important skills and knowledge recommended for anyone who works with children with SLCN. Once practitioners complete the profile, they are signposted to targeted training and resources that will help develop their particular skills and knowledge.  

The stages of the SLCF are as follows:

  • Universal stage is for people who work with children or young people and are new to exploring their skills and knowledge in SLCN and need a general awareness of SLCN for their role.
  • Enhanced stage is for people who have established competences at Universal and need a more detailed understanding for their role, e.g. may be involved in the identification of children who may have SLCN.
  • Specialist stage is for people who have established competences at Enhanced and whose work significantly relates to children and young people with SLCN.

  • Extension stage is for people who want to develop their knowledge of SLCN to a level equivalent to a postgraduate level. 


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An extensive range of training opportunities are available in Worcestershire. Local providers for training at each level of competence are listed in the workforce development plan above. 

Language for Learning provides training to support universal interventions and approaches at a universal, enhanced and specialist level of competence. This training has been developed and is delivered by speech and language therapists working in partnership with specialist teachers. 

Talking Matters provides training to support targeted interventions and approaches at a universal, enhanced and specialist level of competence. Training courses have been developed and are delivered by speech and language therapists. 

The Learning Support Team provide a variety of training opportunities to support schools with wider learning needs in addition to specific language and communication interventions.  

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© Worcestershire's SLCN Pathway has been developed by practitioners working within Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust 2011 & 2015