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A reminder: Act now to apply for National Sholarship Funding

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We mentioned a few weeks ago a scheme called the National Scholarship Fund where Teachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff are be able to bid for funds from the scheme worth up to £2 million to deepen their subject knowledge and develop their skills. In previous years funding has been secured for Elklan training. There is a very short window of opportunity for this so please pass this link to anyone you think will be interested or eligible:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/funding/b00221501/nsf-sen-support-scholarship/how-to-apply ..


How to achieve Communication Friendly School status

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Have a look at this new presentation which shows how schools can become achieve accredited Communication Friendly School status ..


Hot off the Press - Communication Friendly Schools report 2012/13

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Communication Friendly Schools report for 2012/13, Building a Communication Friendly School, is now available to download. ..


Independent Tutors: Elklan is helping you!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Elklan is helping YOU promote your course to schools!  We now have a section in the Independent Tutors Area (log-in required) 
to include the topics you are interested in. We have items on tendering and marketing so far. SEO will be next and then we’ll cover other practice areas, as requested by you, including invoicing and accounting.

You may also be interested in 'How to grow your therapy business' which Small Talk and Milton Bayer are running in April in Bristol and May in Birmingham. They are offering 20% discount for Elklan tutors (see www.bookwhen.com/smalltalk and add the code ELKLAN at checkout). ..


Elklan Annual Meeting March 6th 2013 Holiday Inn Express, Salford

Thursday, March 07, 2013

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The National Scholarship fund: potential for Elklan learners

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There is a scheme called the National Scholarship Fund where Teachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff will be able to bid for funds from the scheme worth up to £2 million to deepen their subject knowledge and develop their skills. In previous years funding has been secured for Elklan training. ..


'The best resource I've seen in ages!': Early Language Builders

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I've just finished my first intensive 'Speech and language support for under 5s' which worked really well. The feedback was extremely positive about all aspects of the course but one positive was mentioned  on most of the forms: Early Language Builders, the book which accompanies the course. 

This invaluable and practical book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the speaking and listening skills of all children aged between 2 and 6 years. It has been widely used across thousands of settings and enables professionals and parents to understand the communication difficulties children experience. It gives relevant advice and is full of lots of ideas to support children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties

Amongst the topics covered are:

  • Developing play for language
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • The development of attention levels
  • Helping children develop their understanding of language and verbal reasoning
  • Developing social skills through play
  • Helping pre-school children with autistic spectrum disorder
  • Helping children develop phonological awareness
  • Helping children with unclear speech

 'It's brilliant, just what I've been looking for.'

'I wished I'd seen it before.'

'I showed the rest of the staff and they want to read it.'

'It's full of great information ideas and practical ideas.'

'It pulls together what we're learning and makes me want to know even more.'

Priced at just £22.00, it's available from the website click here

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Do you work with children with hearing impairment?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The National Deaf Children’s Society warned this week that cuts to support services for Britain’s 45,000 deaf children are having a devastating impact on their achievements in GCSE exams. ..


New Elklan course ‘Speech and Language Support for 0-3s’

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The first stage of the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP)* is coming to a close at the end of March 2013, and we are now making enhanced level training available to areas which are already working well with early support for communication and language. ..


Elklan welcomes publication of the Better Communication Research Programme report

Friday, January 25, 2013

Elklan warmly welcomes the publication of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP), the most significant investment to date in research into the needs of and services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and their families. ..