Once you’ve completed the SLCF at your current level and feel more confident in your skills and knowledge around speech, language and communication, there are a number of options for next steps:

  • If you haven’t already, read through the case studies on the ‘Evidencing Good Practice’

    These real life case studies have been brought together to show how the SLCF has been used to evidence improvements in knowledge and skills as well as in changes to practice.

  • Access additional training and resources

    Why not find out about other training and resources using the SLCF training and resource databases? You could continue to develop your skills and knowledge around speech, language and communication more widely, or focus on a specific area. The databases on the SLCF allow you to refine your search to find what you’re looking for.

  • Try another level

    If you’ve reached 80% confidence or above in one level you could begin to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence at the next level up, e.g. if you reach 84% at the universal level then move on to the enhanced level.
    You could add your SLCF results or learning log details to your Professional Development Plan (PDP) ready for your next professional review meeting or appraisal.
    Moving up a level could also begin to develop your skills and knowledge if you are working towards a professional goal, for example if you are developing your skill set for a new role.
    The SLCF is a useful beginning point to a learning pathway – a structured way to build your skills and knowledge around this.

  • Consider further study

    If completing the SLCF has inspired further interest in SLC and SLCN, why not look to gaining a qualification in this area. The Level 3 Award: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication was developed by The Communication Trust, in partnership with City and Guilds, and is an accredited qualification. There are currently three different routes available to undertaking this Level 3 Award; further information about these routes can be found here. Further information can be found on The Communication Trust’s website here.

  • Access a database of evidenced training programmes, interventions and approaches

    What Works supports practitioners to deliver evidence-informed interventions and approaches to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
    Professional development using training programmes is an important part of an integrated approach for meeting these needs.
    The What Works training database brings together evaluated speech, language and communication training programmes to enable you to find out more about their evidence. Visit the What Works site here.