Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important for all practitioners working with children and young people, as not only do the individuals benefit from improved knowledge, skills and confidence but this also has benefits for their setting, the workforce as a whole and most of all the children they come into contact with.
The type of learning you decide upon should always be based on analysing your needs. This can be done using the Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF).
The SLCF outlines what anyone who works with children and young people needs to know and be able to do in order to support children's communication. The SLCF is an online audit tool which enables practitioners to self evaluate their skills and knowledge to see their confidence in different areas. Once completed, it will signpost you to training or CPD activities to help you develop the areas you are less confident in.
There is also the function to analyse the training needs of a whole setting, and to monitor changes in practitioner confidence following professional development. Please click here for more information.
To find out more information about the SLCF and start your self-evaluation please go to www.slcframework.org.uk.
Through the SLCF you'll also be able to find out more about the training our Consortium members provide. Please click here to view a list of our members.
Completed the SLCF and want to take your learning further?
CPD can take all different forms from reading and research to activities and training that leads to robust qualifications. The SLCF can signpost you to a number of different training and professional development opportunities, including accredited qualifications.
The Communication Trust, in collaboration with City and Guilds have developed a level 3 CPD award focusing on children's communication. To find out more please click here.
Are you a training provider?
Click here to find out how you can get your course included on the SLCF.