Communication Friendly Settings - Special Schools

Communication Friendly Settings - Special Schools

Communication Friendly Settings - Special Schools

Whole-school training and accreditation for special schools

About the programme

  • 1
    TAs and Teachers

    A minimum of two TAs and two teachers, one of whom is the SENCO or is on the senior leadership team, complete Communication Support for 0-25s with Complex Needs, Communication Support for Verbal Pupils with ASD or Speech and Language Support for Pupils with SLD. The TAs achieve accreditation at Level 3.

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    Teachers

    The teachers who completed the course will be equipped by our Elklan tutors to train all the staff in your setting. They are known as Lead Communication Practitioners (LCPs).

  • 3
    All staff

    The LCPs deliver five one-hour-long sessions to ALL staff in your school – this is called Communication Counts. Evidence of embedding the stategies will be confimed by a visit from a peer or an Elklan Tutor at the end of the programme.

Accreditation can be achieved in one year and can be renewed after three years. It is the most cost-effective strategy available for whole-setting capacity building in communication.

 

Got a question?

We'd welcome an opportunity to talk with you about how your setting can become Elklan Communication Friendly.

Regular Q&A sessions for schools and settings interested in gaining Communication Friendly Status are held via webinar. Click on one of the dates below to book your free place. Please ensure that you view the following PowerPoint before attending a webinar:

Additional webinars are held for tutors only. Please log in to check availability and apply.

What is Communication Counts?

Communication Counts is a course written by us which your Lead Communication Practitioner delivers to all the staff in your setting, including any administrative staff or lunchtime supervisors, in fact, anyone who speaks with the pupils! We provide the teaching notes, mentoring and resources to facilitate this and support LCPs to achieve Level 4 accreditation. Your LCP won’t attend another course but will analyse the embedding of the training in your setting and evaluate the impact on staff practices and pupil learning.

The five sessions cover:

  • Communication Steps
  • Creating a Communication Friendly Setting
  • The development of symbolic understanding and the link with language and communication
  • Using objects, pictures, signs and symbols
  • Means, reasons and opportunities

How much does it cost?

Please contact us for up to date pricing information.

How do we get started?

Attend a Q&A webinar where you can ask questions and find out answers that are pertinent for your setting. When you wish to proceed, please contact us.

Settings who have completed level 3 training

Work through this e-learning session on how the CFSe process works to find answers to those important questions you have:

Those settings which have completed level 3 training and have been advised by a member of Elklan staff to book their LCPs on a level 4 CFSe - Special Schools course can do so by selecting one of the available options below. Your place will not be confirmed until approved by a member of Elklan staff.

Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - Complex Needs

Accredited Online Training
New Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - Complex Needs courses will be arranged soon - please click here to register your interest.

Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - ASD

Accredited Online Training
New Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - ASD courses will be arranged soon - please click here to register your interest.

Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - SLD

Accredited Online Training
New Communication Friendly Settings - Special School - SLD courses will be arranged soon - please click here to register your interest.

Please note these courses are only for those settings who do not already have their own Elklan tutor. If you have an Elklan tutor already, please contact them directly to discuss your next steps.

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The course content has been described by teachers as "high quality teaching in a nutshell". Training ancillary staff in communication strategies enables better behaviour management.

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We'd welcome an opportunity to talk with you about how your setting can renew an award of Elklan Communication Friendly status.

Regular Q&A sessions for schools and settings interested in renewing their Communication Friendly Status are held via webinar.

Please choose from the following options for dates of upcoming webinars that are relevant to your setting, and to book your free place.

No Q and A webinars are currently available to book. Please check back soon as new dates are organised regularly.

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