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Schools as Commissioners: 11 - 16 yrs: Courses for Staff

Speech and Language Support for 11-16s

This highly successful accredited course has been written to support staff working with pupils aged 11-16 years. The package has been received enthusiastically by thousands of learners who have completed the training. It is taught by an experienced speech and language therapist sometimes in collaboration with a specialist teacher. All tutors are specifically trained by Elklan.

It is designed to run over 10 weeks although can be taught in five half day sessions or 3 full days.

This course trains assistants and teaching staff (including speech and language therapy assistants) working with pupils of secondary school age.

Elklan courses are externally quality assured and accredited by an OfQual regulated national Awarding Organisation. Participants can achieve 6 credits at level 2 or 3. The choice of level is made by the individual with guidance from the course tutors.

The course covers the following topics:

  • What is communication?
  • Memory and learning
  • Learning styles and motivation
  • Promoting vocabulary development
  • Understanding and using sentences
  • Developing verbal reasoning
  • Articulation, phonological awareness and spelling
  • Linking it all together: see how all the information can be used when supporting a student or group of students.

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Two day overview course.

Would you like your staff to be trained on the core content of the full accredited programme over two full days? If so this is the course for you!

The programme is tightly packed with strategies and information to support the speaking and listening skills of all pupils in your pre-school setting and especially those with speech, language and communication needs.

Each participant will receive our highly successful Secondary Language Builders book which contains the core course material that every participant will need to gain maximum benefit from the course.

The timing of the course can be arranged to suit you.

You can cluster with other pre-schools in your local area to commission the training and share costs.

Elklan strongly recommends that early years practitioners complete the full 10 week programme as this will help embed and disseminate the knowledge gained.


INSET days and twilight sessions

Your school can now benefit from an experienced Elklan tutor delivering training to the whole staff team. Courses can run over half days, whole days and twilight sessions and can be tailored to suit your individual need.

Choose from the following options, each session lasts 3 hours:

What is communication?

The development of verbal and non-verbal communication will be explored and practical advice given in using visuals to support pupils who have difficulty understanding spoken language.
Developing verbal reasoning and problem solving skills
The Language for Learning Model (Blank) will be taught and ideas for embedding the new learning into the whole school context will be explored.
Promoting vocabulary development
The staff will explore how vocabulary is learned and be taught practical strategies to help young pupils learn new words. Ideas will be shared around how these new strategies can be embedded in the setting.
Developing attention and listening skills and memory.
Understand a little of how memory works and learn strategies to improve learning and memory. Learn how attention develops and explore strategies to help work on the child's listening, learning and attention.
Promoting effective communication and social skills

Identify the skills required for successful social communication and explore the use of social groups to promote pragmatic skills. Understand the importance of emotional literacy and use comic strips and circle of friends to promote social interaction.

Want to find out more or commission a course for your school or cluster?

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