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Our Training Offer

Leeds Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service provides a range of quality training packages that will enable you to meet the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Specialist provisions.

Our aim is to empower you and your staff to feel confident in carrying out speech and language interventions to develop the communication skills of the pupils in your setting.

Practitioner Training 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering online training courses which can be viewed and booked online here via Eventbrite

These courses aim to provide an understanding of the development of speech and language skills, how to identify children with speech, language and communication needs and how to support children within the setting. Great for staff who are new into the setting or as a refresher.

Courses include:

• Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication: KS1 + KS2

• Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication: KS3 + KS4

• Introduction to Selective Mutism



Our workshops provide more detailed insight into specific areas of speech, language and communication skills and provide relevant evidence-based strategies and approaches to support language and communication development.

 Courses include:

• Early Years

• Understanding of Language

• Expressive Language

• Speech Sounds

• Pre-verbal Communication

• Social Communication

• Environment Modification

• Visual Support



These courses are approaches that work best when they are embedded across a whole-school setting. We can support with this implementation following the course through our ‘consultation sessions’.

Courses include:

  • Word Aware
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Talk Boost
  • Early Talk Boost



These courses provide detailed information on specific speech and language diagnoses and / or approaches.

Courses include:

• Supporting Children with Developmental Language Disorder

• Supporting Children with Speech Sound Disorder

• Intensive Interaction

• Severe and Complex Needs



Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn.

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Our Makaton workshops are delivered by a licensed Makaton tutor and are nationally recognised by the Makaton Charity. Participants will receive a national Makaton certificate. The workshops will either be delivered face to face or online.

Courses include:

  • Makaton Taster: A general introduction to Makaton, its use and introduces you to approximately 30 key signs and symbols.
  • Makaton Level 1 and 2 Workshops: A detailed introduction to the Makaton Core Vocabulary and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information. During practical sessions you will learn approximately 125 signs and symbols from the Core Vocabulary.
  • Makaton Level 3 Workshop: Previously part of the Sign Symbols Enhancement Workshop, this one day workshop is an advanced course for staff that are using Makaton every day and have established signing skills.

We can offer half-day sessions in your setting or remotely offering:

Training tasters: An introduction to our training courses to give you an idea of which course would be best for your setting, or a brief taster session of one of our courses.

Training follow-ups: Already attended one of our training sessions but need a refresher? These sessions enable you to have a recap on training you have previously attended with support on starting to embed the learning within your setting.

Support with whole school approaches: Access coaching and support to embed strategies into your setting e.g. Colourful Semantics, Intensive Interaction, Makaton. Access advice on how to get going with and maintaining a whole school approach to ensure your setting gets the most out of the approach.

Intervention workshops: A chance to observe modelling of intervention approaches. Get support on setting up interventions or advice around where to go next with interventions already running in your setting.


Is there something else you would like support with? Have a chat with the training team - we offer bespoke training packages tailored to the individual needs of your setting.

Setting Specific Courses

With our ‘Setting Specific’ training offer, you choose the training and time to suit your needs - in a staff meeting, after school or on a training day.

All of our introductions, workshops, whole-school approaches, specialist and Makaton courses can be carried out in your setting for all or a select group of staff by one of our experienced trainers.

We also offer the following courses exclusively as ‘setting specific’ training:

• Screening for Communication Difficulties

• Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

• Supporting Pre-School Dysfluent (stammering) Children

• Phonological Awareness – A Practical Approach

• Supporting Vocabulary Development in the Classroom

Setting specific courses can be booked by contacting our training admin team via the contact details on the back page.

Need a mix of training? Contact us about our bespoke training packages. We can work with you and your specific training requirement to develop courses that are tailored to the particular needs of your setting and staff.

Bespoke Courses

If none of the courses featured above meet your full requirements please contact the Administration team and our specialist trainers can speak with you and arrange a bespoke course.

Screening Assessment Tools

Our screening assessment tool uses pictures and tasks to help identify children who may have speech, language or communication difficulties. By completing the screen, you will know if the child would benefit from some extra support or whether they would meet the criteria for a referral to the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service.

To ensure you get the most out of screening tool, we have developed a video which talks you through completing the screen and provides you with some useful tips.

You can watch the video here.

To access the screen:

Childcare settings and schools in the Leeds area please fill in the Screening tool request form and email it to . 

If you are not from a childcare setting or school in the Leeds area you are can access a copy of the screens by attending training. You can book on via Eventbrite or, alternatively, we are able to offer the training to a number of staff in your setting on date / time that suits you. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this option on 0113 84 33608 or email

Flexible ways of working

Following the success of our Summer 2020 online workshops, from January 2021, we may move to a mix of both online and face-to-face courses, how the course will be run will be clear from the information on our Eventbrite page.

We work hard to be able to adapt our ways of delivering training to ensure that we continue providing necessary support to schools and wider settings and we have listened to, and acted on feedback to continually improve both our online and face-to-face training.

Interested? What next?

If you would like to book onto one of our training courses or discuss your training requirements with us please get in touch.

Booking Details

To book a place on a citywide course, please click here. To book a setting specific course or for any other queries, please telephone the Speech and Language Therapy Administration team – Leeds on 0113 84 33600 or email

8:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Monday to Friday

They will take your details and e-mail or post you a booking form. Your place will only be confirmed when a completed booking form is received.

Contact and Referral Details

View our contact and referral page

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