The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

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 .


The SLCF Levels

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  • Foundation arrow
  • Universal arrow
  • Enhanced arrow
  • Specialist arrow

The SLCF has four levels of skills and knowledge ranging from foundation to specialist

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Outlines a basic awareness of SLC and SLCN; for those who may only occasionally have contact with children and young people in their role

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Outlines the basic skills and knowledge that everyone working with children and young people should have

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Outlines more specialised learning around supporting SLC development as well as identifying and supporting SLCN

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Outlines the skills needed by those with a significant role in identifying & supporting children & young people with SLCN, and supporting other practitioners

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About The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.

Working together we support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Our vision is that every child and young person is enabled to communicate to the very best of their ability.

We harness our collective expertise to support the workforce and commissioners to support all children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills, particularly those with a speech, language and communication need (SLCN).