Elklan trains speech and language therapists and specialist advisory teachers to cascade Open College Network (OCN) accredited training under license. All our courses help to develop the speech, language and communication skills of all children and young people but especially those with communication difficulties. Our tutors deliver the courses to education staff, other professionals and parents living and working with children and young people aged 2-25 years.

Elklan was established in 1999 by two experienced speech and language therapists Liz Elks & Henrietta McLachlan. Over a period of 11 years Elklan has trained over 1,200 speech and language therapists to be Elklan tutors and over 550 specialist advisory teachers to work in a co-tutor role. This hugely successful 'Train the Trainer' programme has enabled training to be cascaded to over 20,000 staff working in pre-school, primary and secondary education in both mainstream and specialist settings as well as parents.

Elklan primarily works though skilling SLTs and teachers employed by the statutory sector to enable them to support the staff and parents they are working with more effectively, We also have a growing network of independent trainers across the UK who can deliver directly to schools and other establishments.

The 10 week accredited courses available are:
Speech and Language Support
• For under 5s
• In the classroom (5-11’s)
• For 11-16’s
• Post 16’s
• Vulnerable young people (those in youth offending institutions)
• For verbal children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
• ‘Communication support for children with severe and complex needs’ (runs for 7 sessions.)

Courses for parents/carers/those in school or early years settings who don’t wish to complete a core course:
Let’s talk
• With under 5s (7 weeks)
• With 5-9’s (7 weeks)
• Together (7 weeks)
• With special children (5 weeks)

Specialist courses
These courses provide a route for participants to gain particular expertise in a range of conditions. They each run for 5 weeks.
Supporting children with
• Hearing Impairment
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Unclear speech

All our courses are accredited through Open College Network South West Region (OCNSWR)

Communication Friendly Schools
Elklan now accredits schools as communication friendly. To achieve this they have to have 2 TA’s trained on Elklan’s OCN course, ‘Speech and Language Support in the Classroom’ at level 3 and the SENCO and teacher trained on Elklan’s level 4 OCN programme, ‘Speech and Language Support for Communication Friendly Schools’. They then cascade the key elements via Elklan’s 3 x 1 hour ‘Communication Counts’ course, to the whole school thus ensuring embedding of the strategies.

Peer audit ensures that strategies are implemented and a certificate is issued, valid for three years.