Whole-school training and accreditation for secondary schools
About the programme
Elklan Communication Friendly Setting (CFSe) accreditation is awarded to settings that have trained and support all their staff in communication and language development. They will also have shown evidence of embedding this knowledge in targeted interventions and through the implementation of a Communication Policy.
* where there are more than 20. If there are less than 20, a minimum of two applies
The teachers who completed Speech and Language Support for 11-16s will be equipped by our Elklan tutors to train all the staff in your setting. They are known as Lead Communication Practitioners (LCPs).
The LCPs deliver five one-hour-long sessions to ALL staff in your school – this is called Communication Counts. Evidence of embedding the stategies will be confimed 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.
Got a question?
We'd welcome an opportunity to talk with you about how your setting can become Elklan Communication Friendly.
Regular Q&A sessions for schools and settings interested in gaining Communication Friendly Status are held via webinar. Click on one of the dates below to book your free place. Please ensure that you view the following PowerPoint before attending a webinar:
Additional webinars are held for tutors only. Please log in to check availability and apply.
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:
What is communication
Developing understanding through using visual supports
Extending learning through asking effective questions
Those settings which have completed level 3 training and have been advised by a member of Elklan staff to book their LCPs on a level 4 CFSe - Secondary course can do so by selecting one of the available options below. Your place will not be confirmed until approved by a member of Elklan staff.