A new report from The Communication Trust presents the findings of consultation with the children and young people’s workforce, seeking to hear about their experiences of professional development around supporting speech, language and communication development (SLC) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
More than 1200 members of the workforce responded, representing all regions of England and a large variety of roles across health and education, including early years, primary, secondary, and further education. Although they were almost unanimous in recognising the importance of children’s SLC, more than half reported having had very little professional development in this area. Respondents also told us about the barriers they face in accessing professional development, and their preferences around the content and format of the training they receive.
Some of the key findings include*: