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Key Facts

Level:
Level 4
Subject Sector:
13.2 Direct Learning Support
Credits:
6
Qualification No:
603/4117/8
GLH:
25 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Price:
£34.50 per learner
Age Range:
18+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The DfE Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) states that one of the Four Broad Areas of Need identified as having a significant impact on outcome and progress for children and young people with SEND is that of Communication and Interaction.

    This qualification was developed to improve the understanding and skills of staff supporting the development of children’s and young people’s speech, language and communication, including teachers and teaching assistants who have had little or no formal training in this specific area.

    This qualification provides the opportunity for educational professionals, particularly Learning Support Staff such as teaching assistants to significantly improve their knowledge and skills in this area and as a consequence, work more effectively as part of the teaching and learning teams within schools and educational settings. The aspiration is that by gaining enhanced knowledge through the course, this will have a positive ripple of impact on outcomes and progress for children and young people who have speech language and communication needs.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.

    Supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

    Level:
    Level 4
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    6
    Unit No:
    F/617/4387
    Click here to view full unit details

    Tutor/assessor requirements

    Tutor/Assessors must be fully qualified and experienced in the subject area in which they are delivering, details of which must be provided to Gateway Qualifications as part of the Qualification Approval application.

    Tutors/Assessors should:

    • be experienced as teachers and be working with children and young people with SLCNM
    • within their role be part of a multi-professionals team and therefore in contact with SLCN therapists.
    • have an awareness of The Speech, Language and Communication Framework developed by the Communication Trust.

    The centre must provide staff with appropriate inductions and professional development (including a development plan) to ensure staff can maintain their expertise and competence for the delivery of the qualification.

    The centre must ensure that staff involved with a qualification will fully understand the relevant qualification specification provided by Gateway Qualifications and will comply with its provisions.


    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The DfE Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) states that one of the Four Broad Areas of Need identified as having a significant impact on outcome and progress for children and young people with SEND is that of Communication and Interaction.

    The qualification was developed to improve the understanding and skills of staff supporting the development of children's and young people's speech, language and communication, including teachers and teaching assistants who have had little or no formal training in this specific area.

    This qualification provides the opportunity for educational professionals, particularly Learning Support Staff such as teaching assistants to significantly improve their knowledge and skills in this area and as a consequence, work more effectively as part of the teaching and learning teams within schools and educational settings. The aspiration is that by gaining enhanced knowledge through the course, this will have a positive ripple of impact on outcomes and progress for children and young people who have speech language and communication needs.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    Learners will develop an understanding of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in children and young people, the roles and responsibilities of staff supporting them, and effective practice in working with children and/or young people and their parents/carers. Learners will also develop the skills to identify speech, language and communication needs in children and/or young people and provide appropriate support.


    Progression & entry requirements

    Learners must have access to an educational setting where they are actively involved in supporting children or young people with SLCN, as part of the qualification assessment is related to the application of skills in an educational setting and cannot be simulated. Therefore, learners must be employed in schools or educational settings.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim


    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.