Supporting Speech, Language and Communication Development Level 4

Research suggests that in some areas 50% of children start school with a speech, language and communication need (SLCN) and that approximately 10% go on to have a long-term SLCN. A focus on ‘talk in the classroom’ therefore can have a profound impact on children and young people’s learning and social interaction. (Communication Trust 2019).

This course is designed to build knowledge and confidence and develop a range of practical skills to fulfil a school-based support role for children and young people with speech language and communication needs.

Course Delivery

The training consists of 4 face-to-face teaching sessions along with a series of school-based tasks supported by guided reading and personal study. You will be given access to a virtual learning platform known as the LMS from which resources and reading material will be accessed to support your learning.

Course Content

The course incorporates but is not limited to the following learning outcomes:

  •  Investigate the roles and responsibilities of different professionals working in schools and settings to support children and young people with SLCN. This will include an exploration of how your own role contributes to the effectiveness of support.
  • Typical speech language and communication development and an understanding of the risk factors that can impact on this development.
  • Effective contributions to the early identification of speech language and communication needs.
  • Knowledge of how to analyse the relationship between other areas of development and the impact of SLCN on learning and behaviour.
  • Strategies for supporting children and young people with SLCN.
  • Developing appropriate techniques to engage children and young people in the support process and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills.
  • Opportunity to reflect on current practice in the light of your new learning through the completion of a small-scale project.


The practical aspects of the course are designed to give you confidence to fulfil a supporting role within your context. You will develop a portfolio containing learning from the face-to-face sessions and a series of practical activities showing application of new learning. You will keep track of your learning journey by using the Communication Framework designed by the Communication Trust.

Successful completion will result in an Award of 6 level 4 credits.

Benefit to your Organisation

  • Building the capacity of staff to better support children and young people with SLCN in your school or setting.
  • Impacting positively on pupil outcomes and progress.
  • Helping improve independent learning behaviours and self-regulation of children who have both short or longer-term difficulties with their speech, language and communication.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to those who are:


  • Working in a support role in a school or setting across the phases: early years, primary or secondary.
  • Building a portfolio of Level 4 SEND related qualifications.
  • Wishing to add this course as a unit on the journey towards the Inclusion Manager Diploma.

In order to deliver this qualification, we currently work in partnership with the following organisations: