Improving learner outcomes

Speech Language and Communication Needs
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
CPD certified for 20 hours of learning
Upskill staff in your school or organisation

About speech, language and communication needs

The term speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is commonly used to describe difficulties in listening, understanding and communicating with others.

Learners with SLCN may have difficulty with:

Thoroughly enjoyed this course! It has given me more skills and knowledge to help students which is fantastic!

Teaching Assistant

  • understanding, following and giving directions
  • using a wide range of appropriate vocabulary
  • expressing needs, ideas and information
  • sequencing and prioritising tasks
  • negotiating with others and working in groups
Providing SEND CPD since 2008

This training has had a huge impact on how I communicate and teach learners with SLCN.


Who is the course for?

Our Speech, Language and Communication Needs course is perfect for those who work with children in schools, such as teachers, teaching assistants, SENCO’s and school leaders. The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, and will be of benefit to parents of children with SLCN, looking for support and more information. The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years), however, the course may also be useful in early years settings.

Over 178,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with SLCN.

Ability to implement effective strategies to support pupils with speech, language and communication needs

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre chart
  • 14.1%
  • 36.6%
  • 32.5%
  • 16.8%


Post chart
  • 3.1%
  • 56.3%
  • 40.5%

As of August 2019

This course looks at the impact SLCN can have on a learner’s life. It shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for learners with SLCN, and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

See what people say about our courses...

Designed for professionals

The SMART goals mean that we are putting into practice the strategies we have learnt right away! I am already finding the interventions to be effective.

Teaching Assistant

Course content

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with children and young people with SLCN to support inclusive practice.

  • Understanding
    Learn about how language develops, and the incidence of difficulties in speech, language and communication needs. Understand the range of difficulties that learners can experience, and the impact these can have on access to the curriculum and inclusion in the social environment.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Learn how to assess individual needs arising from SLCN, carry out informal assessments and create a picture of individual strengths and weaknesses for your learner.
  • Interventions
    Learn a range of strategies to help learners with SLCN, relate these strategies to the identified needs of your learner and create your own intervention strategy.
  • Case Studies
    View videos of real-life examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the prevalence and hidden nature of speech, language and communication needs
  • differentiate between typical and atypical stages of language acquisition
  • identify receptive, expressive and pragmatic language difficulties and evaluate their impact on access to the curriculum and social inclusion
  • explain the purpose and process of individual education assessments
  • use checklists to assess attention, listening, expressive language and fluency skills
  • observe and evaluate social use of language and independent learning strategies
  • design and plan strategies to support the development of phonological and articulation skills
  • devise interventions to strengthen and expand vocabulary
  • create opportunities to develop social skills and understanding of non-verbal language
  • develop an action plan to apply your learning in your classroom practice
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