The Communication Trust report into the workforce's understanding of Speech, Language and Communication

News - 13 Feb 2017

Last year The Communication Trust conducted a national survey of the children and young people's workforce, asking about their experiences of professional development in speech, language and communication. The report has now been published.

In England there are likely to be at least two children in every primary school classroom with a clinically significant language disorder, and many more with delayed language. All children and young people benefit from adults with a strong understanding of what to expect from a child and young person’s SLC development, how issues can be identified and the further support that is available. Supporting the workforce to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area is a vital part of the Trust’s work.
Some of the key findings of the report include: 
 - 53% of respondents reported having had little to no initial training around SLC development - this increased to 60% when asked about training around SLCN
 - Only a third of those who responded felt very confident supporting children's SLC development
 - 39% of teachers said they had received no learning at all in their initial training about typical SLC development and 42% had received no initial training around SLCN
 - Nearly half of Health Visitors said they had received no initial training about identifying and supporting children with SLCN
 - 70% of respondents working in further education felt that there were not enough relevant opportunities available to them 
 - Lack of time, budget, and relevant opportunities were highlighted as the main barriers to accessing professional development opportunities 

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