Platform 3 is an online route to completing the Level 3 accredited qualification: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication. Developed by The Communication Trust, it supports the continuing professional development of those working with children and young people by boosting the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support all children's speech, language and communication development and identify those who are struggling.
In 2013-16 The Communication Trust received funding from the Department for Education to pilot Platform 3 and it has since been trialled and tested by many practitioners across the country with a large number successfully completing their award.
Practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds can gain an accredited qualification in this vitally important area completely online. This means that not only will you have access to all the information you need but can complete your assessment online too! Once enrolled, you’ll be allocated a tutor to guide and support you throughout and you can study at your own pace, around your work and family life.
To successfully achieve the Award you must complete three units – two of which are mandatory and then you choose one from four options. These have been developed to appeal to a wide range of learners, so you’ll be able to choose something that’s just right for you and the children you work with!
Each unit consists of a number of assessed learning outcomes. You’ll have access to a full suite of learning materials, with helpful guides and videos on every page as well as portfolio assessment tasks and ‘check your learning’ activities. These activities will enable you to put knowledge into practice and prepare for assessed portfolio tasks
In order to gain accreditation, you must develop and submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that you have met the assessment criteria.
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We are delighted that you’re interested in undertaking the Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication.
Although The Communication Trust worked with City & Guilds to develop the Award and write the supporting materials, we are not a training provider.
We have been working closely with training providers who are offering the Award using Platform 3 either entirely online or as a blended approach. A blended learning approach combines an online and face to face approach. Some training providers will allows learners to complete their assessed portfolio tasks and accreditation online via Platform 3, alongside offering some face to face support. This support may take the form of training days, study days, or peer to peer support sessions.
A full list of the training providers who offer Platform 3 and links to their websites can be found on the Interested in Platform 3? page.
The application process and cost for each provider will vary so please contact the training provider directly to find out how to apply and get started with your qualification.