Communication Friendly Special Settings

Communication Friendly Special Settings

Communication Friendly Special Settings

Whole-setting training and accreditation for special settings

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 and Language Support for Autistic Pupils 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 setting – this is called Communication Counts. Evidence of embedding the strategies will be confirmed 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.

 

Q&A webinars

We'd welcome an opportunity to discuss how your setting can become Communication Friendly.

Elklan hosts regular Q&A webinars for schools and settings interested in gaining Communication Friendly status. Click on one of the dates below to book your free place.

If your setting has already achieved CFS status and you would like more information about the renewal process, please visit the CFS Renewal section (below).

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?

If you wish to undertake Elklan's CFS programme, please contact us.

If you have any questions please book onto a Q&A Webinar

Settings who have completed level 3 training

Settings which have completed required Level 3 training and are ready to commence their CFS journey can do so by asking their Lead Communication Practitioner(s) (LCPs) to select one of the available level 4 CFS - Special Schools course options below. Please note that course places will not be confirmed until approved by a member of Elklan staff. Elklan may require confirmation of eligibility before proceeding.

Communication Friendly Special Settings - Complex Needs

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

Communication Friendly Special Settings - Autistic Pupils

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

Communication Friendly Special Settings - SLD

Accredited Online Training
New Communication Friendly Special Settings - 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.

How do we renew CFS status?

 

CFS status lasts for 3 years from the date of completion. In order to begin the renewal process, please book on one of the free information webinars below.

You also can talk to your local Elklan Tutor about how to renew your CFSe status, or contact us.

What do previous settings think?

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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