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Speech and Language Therapy Training


BCHC Plus Speech and Language Therapists also offer a menu of additional training to enhance awareness and knowledge about Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) for whole school groups or individual school staff.

Our training courses are listed below. Click on the link that interests you to jump to further details. For latest details of course availability and prices please contact us.

What is Makaton?

To find out more about how BCHC Plus can benefit your school, pupils, families and staff, please get in touch:

BCHC Plus Team 
Children & Families Division
Moseley Hall Hospital,
Alcester Road
Birmingham B13 8JL

Makaton sign for hello

Makaton is a language programme that gives everyone a helping hand to talk. Makaton uses signs and symbols along with speech to help people communicate. Signs are used with speech in spoken word order.

For further information please visit the Makaton Charity website.

Click here to see the Makaton sign of the week.

Makaton training

We offer the following Makaton training for parents and practitioners:

  • Introduction workshop for schools/nursery settings:
    This is a 3 hour course suitable for both parents and practitioners. This includes an introduction to Makaton, finger spelling and learning 30-40 signs. The course can be tailor-made for an individual setting. – contact Helene Elia (Makaton tutor) ( / phone 07966 762943).
  • Level 1:
    One day training for professionals and parents. This course covers information about Makaton, how to use it, strategies, and approximately 150 signs and symbols. (Stages 1-2 of Makaton core vocabulary and Additional Vocabulary)
  • Level 2:
    One day training for professional and parents who have completed level 1 training. On this course you will learn approximately 130 further signs and symbols and gain further practice at using signs and symbols. (Stages 3-4 of Makaton core vocabulary and Additional Vocabulary).


Upcoming Makaton training dates:

  • 22 and 29 September 2020
  • 17 and 24 November 2020
  • and 23 February 2021
  • 23 and 30 March 2021


Venue:  Moseley Hall Hospital

Please contact us for prices and an application form.

Elklan training 5-11s

This is an accredited course suitable for teachers or teaching assistants which will typically run over 10 sessions.

It provides information, strategies, and ideas to develop communication skills of all children but especially those with identified speech, language, and communication needs. Click here to download the Elklan flyer.


Communication Friendly Schools Birmingham (CFSB)

A primary school programme run jointly with Access to Education (A2E) to develop children’s communication skills by improving staff understanding of speech, language and communication (SLC) development, and how to support children’s SLC skills across the curriculum from reception to KS2.

Staff will develop action plans to implement strategies and approaches at class, key stage and whole school level which will support to high quality teaching and pupil progress.

  • Target staff group: Whole school staff training including senior leadership team.
  • Course format 1x whole school training day.


Plus 2 x ½-day consultation sessions in school by Access to Education (A2E)

  • 97 per cent of people who attended the CFSB training course rated it as overall good or excellent.
  • 92 per cent of people (teachers, teaching assistance, head teachers, SENCO, deputies) who have received our CFSB training would recommend it to other people/ schools.
  • 77 per cent of people who attended our CFSB training felt it had an impact on their practice.


Strategies to Support Pupils’ Speech, Language and Communication

An introduction to speech, language and communication needs as they present at Secondary.

Participants will identify key strategies to enhance their practice.

Target staff group: secondary teachers and TAs

Course format: 1 x 3½ hour session (can be adapted to suit school’s needs)



Languageland (published by Blacksheep Press) provides a complete programme of language activities, session plans, and colour resources which can be used in general group work, circle time or in timetabled standalone sessions. The training session will enable staff to use the resources to run language groups which support the development of children’s skills in the areas of general interaction/ social skills, good listening, sound awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and narrative.

Target staff group: Nursery, Reception (EYFS) and KS1 teachers and TAs

Course format: 1 x 3½ hour session

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