It’s been a busy start to the academic term for Steps. We’re excited to see so many schools in Bangkok taking steps towards making their classrooms more inclusive.

Term 1 kicked off with the start of the first ever UK-accredited Elklan Speech and Language Support for 3-5 year olds course followed by another Speech and Language Support for 5-11 year olds

The Speech and Language Support for 3-5 year olds was hosted by St Andrews, Sukhumvit 107 and the Speech and Language Support for 5-11 year olds was hosted by St Andrews International School, High School in Ekkamai.

Alongside classroom teachers and learning support staff from St Andrews 107 and St Andrews 71, the course bought together staff from Bangkok Prep, St Andrews Sathorn, Early Learning Centre, Traill International, Harrow, Kensington, Regents, Concordian, Charter and Shrewsbury Riverside. Learners focused on deepening their understanding of speech and language needs in the classroom, to help them create a communication friendly environment.

Learners from the 3-5 year olds course with their certificates.

Feedback from learners

The courses ended on a high with all learners designing a poster to showcase their new-found knowledge.

Louise, from Kensington International Kindergarten, said:

“It’s been so useful gaining a greater understanding of the hidden complexities of communication and the elements of speech and language the children need to combine to become effective communicators… it’s been great exploring the links between language and play and we have been given the knowledge to be able to put strategies in place to support children to develop their play and language skills.”

Jillian, a Learning Specialist Coordinator at the Early Learning Centre, completed training for 5 to 11 year olds. Jillian said:

“I have really appreciated how the course has combined theories and new information with ways to put content into practice immediately. I have found it to be different than what I have studied/learned before while also really practical and relevant!”

Thanks to all the delegates for taking this important step towards making their classrooms more inclusive.

If you’re interested in signing up for our next round of Elklan training, you can find out more on our training for schools page.