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).
The LCPs deliver five one-hour-long sessions to ALL staff in your school – 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.
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.
No Q and A webinars are currently available to book. Please check back soon as new dates are organised regularly.
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:
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 Settings - Special School - Complex Needs
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