Aiming High With Communication

Aiming High With Communication

Aiming High With Communication

Elklan was born out of a passion for supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), plus a wealth of first-hand experience in offering speech and language therapy and training to professional staff.

From modest beginnings in a beautiful corner of England, we've grown to become leaders in our field, trusted partners of national and local government, and increasingly in demand overseas.

We're very proud of what we've achieved and are always excited to welcome new members of the Elklan family.

How we work

Speech and language therapy isn’t a magic box of tricks. We know that many children with SLCN can be supported by those working and living with them all the time.

That’s where Elklan training makes a real difference. We are about changing the way people engage with children and young people so that they can achieve their fullest potential.

Because of our experience, we understand what works. We provide a practical structure for both practitioners and parents, giving them the confidence and materials to support the children in their lives – and to enjoy seeing them progress. It’s our “train the trainer“ approach which enables us to share our expertise far and wide. The training 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 only ask you to train once and then as a tutor you can buy the additional training manuals. This means that if you move jobs or work with a variety of ages, you can deliver the course that best suits you and the staff you are training.

Find out how to become an Elklan Tutor or Co-Tutor

Our Team

Liz Elks

Liz Elks

Director

liz@elklan.co.uk

Liz qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) in 1981 and has worked within the NHS with a broad range of children and young people in a wide variety of settings. However, she feels most at ease when working in a school environment supporting teachers.

Her passion is for training staff to enable them to help children and young people in the classroom without the need for lots of additional programmes or withdrawal time.

"Communication is essential to life," says Liz, "I want to do all I can to enable children and young people to talk and be understood all day every day when engaging with academic work and chatting to their peers - not just when they attend for speech and language therapy."

This is what drives Liz to make the Elklan name so strong and well-known.

Henrietta McLachlan

Henrietta McLachlan

Director

henrietta@elklan.co.uk

Henrietta qualified as a SaLT in 1982 and has worked within the NHS in a wide variety of settings. She continues to support a broad range of children and young people.

As a Director of Elklan, Henrietta works tirelessly to support the tutors who are part of our ever-expanding team. Through her energy, passion, enthusiasm and drive, she's helped Elklan to become the hugely successful brand that it is today.

Henrietta is particularly skilled at making complex information accessible to everyone. She helps to keep the business focused on its core aim - to equip those supporting children with speech and language difficulties with the best possible tools, for the benefit of all.

Charlie McLachlan
Charlie McLachlan

Director of Marketing and
Business Development

charlie@elklan.co.uk

Heather Price
Heather Price

SaLT Professional Advisor

heather@elklan.co.uk

Michelle Evans
Michelle Evans

Office Manager

michelle@elklan.co.uk

Michaela Johns
Michaela Johns

Administrative Assistant

michaela@elklan.co.uk

Kirsten Jolley
Kirsten Jolley

Marketing Assistant

kirsten@elklan.co.uk

Clare McKee
Clare McKee

SaLT & Education Consultant

clare@elklan.co.uk

Kate McCormick
Kate McCormick

Sales Advisor

katie@elklan.co.uk

Selina Daniels
Selina Daniels

Resources Manager

selina@elklan.co.uk

Leo Wood
Leo Wood

IT Manager

leo@elklan.co.uk

Jenny McLean
Jenny McLean

IT Assistant

jenny@elklan.co.uk

Francesca Janczykowski
Francesca Janczykowski

Graphic Designer & IT Assistant

fran@elklan.co.uk

Rita Wood
Rita Wood

Licensing, HR & Royalties

rita@elklan.co.uk

Suzanne Jones
Suzanne Jones

Accounts Manager

suzanne@elklan.co.uk

Tracy Holdstock
Tracy Holdstock

Accreditation Manager

tracy@elklan.co.uk

Our Story

  • 1998

    Language BuildersElklan was set up by Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan, both highly experienced speech and language therapists working for Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust.

    The county education authority wanted to train primary school teaching assistants to enable them to effectively support children's speech, language and communication in the classroom. Liz and Henrietta volunteered to help, drawing upon their own knowledge to develop, write and deliver the course. Liz and Henrietta wrote an accompanying book, Language Builders, containing all the course handouts they had devised - plus a wealth of additional ideas and strategies.

  • 1999

    Royal College of Speech and Language TherapistsLocal demand for the training grew.

    After successfully training colleagues in Cornwall, Elklan's first two-day train-the-trainer course was held at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in London. Elklan subsequently gained accreditation as a training centre, and the number and range of courses grew in response to demand.

  • 2005

    Elklan work expanded into Ireland and the Falkland Islands.

  • 2011

    Communciation Friendly SettingsA large grant was provided to Elklan by the Department for Education to develop our Communication Friendly Settings (CFSe) accreditation.

  • 2013

    The London Schools Excellence Fund awarded Elklan a grant to explore the impact of the Communication Friendly status in two primary and two secondary schools. The results showed progress in the children's performance and the staff confidence in supporting children's language.

  • 2015

    Following the success of CFSe in primary schools, a further grant was received from the Department for Education to pilot Talking Matters, our CFSe programme for Early Years settings.

    PINECLElklan was invited to be part of PINECL, an EU-funded project designed to equip parents to be educators of their peers. We provided the information parents need to know to help their children develop their speech, language and communication skills. A parents' curriculum was produced, accredited by Ascentis through Elklan, and many parents across Europe were helped to develop their skills and knowledge.

  • 2017

    An independent study of Talking Matters led by Sheffield University showed that children had made 8 months of progress in 6 months through training alone!

    NELI - Nuffield Early Language InterventionElklan was approached by Professors Charles Hulme and Maggie Snowling of Oxford University to assist them in delivering training to school staff involved with the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI). Henrietta helped to co-write the training materials and our Elklan tutors were part of a large study conducted by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) into the efficacy of the intervention in improving children's communication. The evidence obtained has helped to ensure that NELI is now being provided as part of the Department for Education's strategy for schools emerging from the COVID crisis. We are proud of our continuing involvement in this project.

  • NOW

    Over 3,500 Elklan Tutors and more than 60,000 professionals, parents and carers have received Elklan training to help children, young people and adults in mainstream and specialist education, within youth offending institutions, prisons and vulnerable situations, or using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).

    While most work in the UK, our expanding network of Elklan Tutors covers 35 countries worldwide.

    Our courses are not only accessed by individual schools and settings but are also commissioned by the Department for Education and local councils to support programmes to improve children's social mobility.

    Elklan CIC which is affiliated to Elklan is a member of The Communication Trust.