Elklan: A training course for staff (Schools in Central Bedfordshire Council)

Elklan: A training course for staff (Schools in Central Bedfordshire Council)

Every mainstream school in Central Bedfordshire has an opportunity to attend Elklan training and create a ‘Communication Champion team’.  A Communication Champion team consists of three* members of staff, usually the SENCo, a Teacher and a Teaching Assistant, who are able to demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of or a specialist interest in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Upon completion of Elklan training, these members of staff are recognised as ‘Communication Champions’ who can then proceed to promote Speech, Language and Communication development for ALL pupils within their schools, by sharing and implementing the knowledge, skills and tools that they learn from the training with other members of staff.

We have now trained over 100 staff from 40 schools across Central Bedfordshire.

The training is written for staff supporting children and young people with SLCN in schools. It equips them with innovative tools and methods to enhance children and young people’s (CYP) learning in the classroom and promotes quality first teaching. The training uses relevant teaching methods including practical activities, videos, and group discussion to engage learners.

The training is delivered through 10 modules, completed over an 11-week period. Each week, learners complete an online e-Learning session via the Elklan website and prepare for the upcoming virtual webinar. This can be done at a time that best suits the learner. Learners then participate in a weekly virtual webinar which is held on a set day and time each week. The training will be delivered virtually via Zoom; you will require to a device with a camera and microphone in order to participate. Learners then need to plan and implement knowledge and strategies learnt that week in order to complete a weekly online e-Learning Log. This can be done at a time that best suits the learner. Upon passing their Learning Log, learners will gain accreditation at Level 2 or Level 3.

By attending this course we hope you will:

  • Increase your capacity to identify and support CYP with SLCN
  • Strengthen your understanding of the impact of Speech, Language and Communication difficulties on CYP
  • Be able to identify CYP with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties and confidently refer these pupils for additional support
  • Understand and be able to implement strategies at a universal and targeted level to support CYP with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties
  • Understand the development of English as an Additional Language and how best to support this in the classroom

There are two courses to choose from:

  • Speech and language support for 5-11s (primary school age)
  • Speech and language support for 11-16s (secondary school age)

*For middle schools, we recommended they create a Communication Champion team of four members of staff, with two attending the 5-11s course and two attending the 11-16s course. All other schools should create a Communication Champion team of three members of staff, and attend the appropriate training course.

Cost: FREE for schools in Central Bedfordshire (cancellation fees may apply)

All course materials can be accessed online via the Elklan website throughout the course, however there is an option to purchase Elklan ‘Language Builders’ book (hard copy) for £12 (plus p&p) per delegate*

*when ordered within the duration of the course. Price will increase to £24 (plus p&p) per book thereafter. Prices are correct for courses starting 1st August 2022 to 31st July 2023 (inclusive) as listed on the ELKLAN website.

Upcoming Dates

Spring dates 2023

All courses will start week commencing 09 January 2023

Monday 14:00-15:00 11-16s Course

Tuesday 15:30-16:30 5-11s Course

Wednesday 14:00-15:00 5-11s Course

Thursday 10:00-11:00 5-11s Course

To book a place or register your interest:

Identify your Communication Champion team, then send an email to SENDtraining@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk with the name of the three* Communication Champions, their roles and email addresses, and your preferred cohort (if applicable).

Please access the brochure for full details on eligibility criteria, course content and structure of the course.

If you have any further questions, please email ccs.beds.childrens.slt.training@nhs.net