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Training for SaLTs and Specialist Teachers: Elklan Total Training Package for 3-5s

Recent research states that early language skills are 'key to later success'.
"Gareth Jenkins, from Save the Children, says the research demonstrates for the first time the most crucial determinant of success in SATS tests is how well children can communicate when they start school. The poorest children are more likely to start school without simple skills, such as being able to tell a short story, express feelings and communicate easily with a wide range of adults"

Research completed by academics at the Institute of Education who analysed the progress of 5,000 children using data from the Millennium Cohort Study and the National Pupil Database in England. and reported by the BBC Feb 17th 2016. Source:

Elklan's evidence based Speech and Language Support for 3-5s is our newly updated and highly successful externally accredited training course which equips staff to develop these key communication skills in children proved to ensure later success in school. It is the only accredited training in speech, language and communication that is aimed specifically at the early years workforce.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England and other UK curricula recognise communication and language as one of the three prime areas for learning and development.

Webinar-based training

Elklan is responding imaginatively at this time, ensuring we can continue to offer training for colleagues to become Elklan tutors. We are sure that our webinar-based Training Package will enable you to be confident in your delivery of this Elklan course in your locality. Train now and be prepared and ready to deliver this exciting course when lockdown ends.

How does it work?

Elklan has made the course Speech and Language Support for 3-5s available via e-learning. You will be given access to these sessions to work through in your own time. You will also attend 3 x 2.5 hour webinars on consecutive afternoons. We suggest that the mornings are used to view the e-learning and prepare for the afternoon sessions.

The webinars will cover:

  • Questions concerning the content of the relevant e-learning sessions
  • Preparing you as an assessor by practicing the marking of sample submissions
  • Understanding the accreditation procedure
  • Course administration
  • Exploring the Elklan website

You will be sent the training manual and Language Builders book in advance of the webinars.

By the end of the training, you will be equipped and ready to run Elklan training in your locality.

What do participants receive? 

When you attend this Elklan Total Training Package (TTP) you will be given everything you need to teach the course.

The TTP will cover all the content of the course, and you will receive information on:

  • How Elklan works
  • How to deliver a course that is externally quality assured and accredited by an OfQual regulated national Awarding Orgnisation
  • How to assess learners' work
How can I be trained to deliver this course?

Attend this Total Training Package (TTP) course. If it is being run over one day then you will need to attend our Total Training Package (TTP) for 0-3s prior to attending. If it is being run over two days then no additional training is required prior to attending. TTPs are held in London, Salford and Ireland every year and you will receive the training from Liz or Henrietta.


What do the previous participants say about this course?
No more training required to teach the other programmes!

Once you are an Elklan tutor you can deliver the full range of courses for learners. You don't need to attend another Total Training Package. As an Elklan tutor you can purchase the additional teaching notes and materials at relatively low cost. This means that you will be offer all the Elklan courses within your locality.

On-going support

As an Elklan tutor, you enter into a large network of others who are all seeking to fulfil the same aims as you in meeting the needs of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). You will receive ongoing support and advice from Elklan who will answer your queries about delivering courses.

Training with others

Elklan supports collaborative practice and is keen to promote SaLTs and specialist teachers training together. However we are aware that this is not always possible so many SaLTs train on their own and we are currently enabling specialist teachers who meet certain criteria to train in isolation. The following downloads will give more information on the requirements and procedure.

What is the content of the course?

Download the course flyer

Download the Speech and Language Support for 3-5s flyer for details of the content of the course.