Elklan Training

Why Elklan Speech, Language and Communication Training?

What is the challenge?

• SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Need) is by far the most commonly identified SEND in English primary schools. This, along with a growing prevalence of ASD, is recognised by staff in many schools in the UK.

• SLCN is largely undiagnosed in secondary school pupils and is inherent in many pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, behaviour issues, low ability and ASD.

• Employers state that good communication skills are essential for the employability of school leavers, especially in the sections of industry requiring technical and manual skills.

Courses Available:

  • Speech & Language Support for 11-16’s (for teachers and teaching assistants)



Week 1 What is communication? Identify the processes involved in communication. Demonstrate the wide range of communication difficulties.

Week 2 Interaction, listening and attention. Reflect on the effects that styles of interaction have on communication. Discuss listening, attention control and effective support strategies.

Week 3 Memory and learning. Explore a model of memory Develop strategies to improve learning and memory retention.

Week 4 Memory (continued) and understanding spoken language. Use visual tools to support understanding, memory and learning. Reflect on the importance of non-verbal communication. Explore strategies to help students to understand spoken language. Consider issues pertinent to students learning an additional language.

Week 5 Understanding abstract language. Discuss supporting verbal reasoning skills: inferencing, sequencing and predicting. Practise applying the Blank (Language of Learning) model.

Week 6 Promoting vocabulary development. Discuss how words are learnt and how to choose words to target. Develop a wide range of strategies to promote the learning of vocabulary.

Week 7 Expressive language skills. Discuss techniques to develop sentence structure and the link between oracy and literacy. Encouraging students to identify how and when to ask for extra help.

Week 8 Promoting effective communication and social skills. Identify skills required for successful social communication. Explore strategies to promote pragmatic skills and emotional literacy. Discuss the impact social communication difficulties have on learning in different curriculum areas.

Week 9 The link between speech, language, reading and spelling. Reflect on the challenge of clear speech. Consider the impact that difficulties with articulation, past and/or present, have on vocabulary learning, language development, reading and spelling. Review phonological awareness.

Week 10 Linking it all together. Learners plan and present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.

75% of each session will involve active learning. There will be some basic theory to ensure a sound basis upon which you can develop your practical skills during the course and beyond. The course is externally quality assured and accredited by an Ofqual approved and regulated national Awarding Organisation so if you complete a portfolio you can gain recognised learning credits. You can choose between two levels of portfolio. This will provide opportunities for reflection and encouragement to adapt and implement the principles discussed within your own working environment.

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