Elklan was established in 1999 by two experienced speech and language therapists Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan in response to a demand for training to be delivered by speech and language therapists to education staff to enable them to be more effective in their support of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Since 2001 Elklan has trained over 1,400 speech and language therapists as tutors and 714 specialist teachers as co-tutors.
Most of the trainers work in the UK but in recent years we have an increasing number of tutors in Ireland, Australia, Luxembourg and The Falkland Islands.
Our hugely successful Train the Trainer programme has enabled training to be cascaded to over 30,000 staff working in pre-school, primary and secondary education in both mainstream and specialist settings as well as parents.
Elklan works best when therapists and specialist teachers work together although most commonly therapists will train on their own with excellent results. In exceptional circumstances specialist teachers can deliver the training without the support of a speech and language therapist.
We want to enable our tutors to run a wide range of courses, we therefore only ask you to train once and then as a tutor you can buy the additional training manuals for only £75. This means that if you move jobs or work with a variety of ages you can train the course that suits you and your staff best.
All our courses are externally accredited through apt awards (formerly OCNSWR) which makes them extremely valuable to employers and employees. Staff can achieve success at either levels 2 or 3 and parents and carers can study at level 1 on our very popular Lets talk range of courses.
The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. The Trust aims to harness the collective expertise of our Consortium to support the children's workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) of all children and young people, particularly those with SLCN.
The Trust does this by raising awareness, providing information and workforce development opportunities, influencing policy, promoting best practice among the children's workforce and commissioning work from our members. The Trust is advised by specialist advisors and works with a broader network of partners.
The Communication Trust was set up in 2007 by children's charities Afasic and I CAN, with BT and Council for Disabled Children.
To read The Communication Trust's strategy for 2013-2017 click here.