Proven intervention programmes enabling educators to support pupils with difficulties speaking and understanding
Helps children with their speaking and understanding, enabling many to catch up with their peers.
An all-in-one speaking and understanding solution that can be used by trained school staff.
Identify, monitor and track children’s progress before and after, with the new online tracker.
Designed to be sustainable so you can deliver Talk Boost multiple times to new groups of children.
Demonstrates the effective use of your Pupil Premium allocation.
Great example for Ofsted of how your school supports pupils in this vital area of learning.
Our Talk Boost interventions, can help children improve their speaking and understanding, with almost two thirds catching up with their peers after just eight to ten weeks.
All of our Talk Boost interventions can also be used to demonstrate to Ofsted how you are focusing on developing staff skills.
Talk Boost are targeted interventions for children with delayed language helping to boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers. Differentiated for children between the ages of 3-10 years, the programme aims to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of six months, after a nine-week intervention.
In addition, all of our Talk Boost interventions can also be used to demonstrate to Ofsted how you are focusing on developing staff skills.
A report showed that up to a third of children are struggling to engage with schoolwork and children from the poorest families have been left behind classmates. Along with the lack of opportunity to socialise during lockdown, this could have serious effects not only on children’s speech and language development but also their emotional wellbeing.
This is something the Government is trying to address with a £1bn catch-up fund as children head back to school. A statement from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, states that the COVID 19 "catch-up premium can be used by schools to develop and deliver tailored solutions where necessary ... towards vulnerable groups including pupils with SEND, and ... to pay for interventions they think are needed for them to catch-up (for example, additional speech and language therapy)." Following this, the Government have announced COVID-19 catch-up premium provisional allocations here.
A well-known and popular resource, the Boosts are being delivered in 1000’s of settings around the country and cover age ranges 3-10 years. Delivered in 3 sessions a week for 8-10 weeks, Talk Boost interventions are proven to help children with delayed language boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers.
The Talk Boost approach supports children to work in groups to develop their speech, language and communication and will boost not only those core skills, but also support their social interactions with other children. The structured, differentiated approach with an emphasis on underlying skills for learning and social emotional development can help ease children back into the school environment.
Early Talk Boost:
72% of children reached expected levels in understanding words and sentences (compared to 28% before) on the I CAN tracker.
Talk Boost KS1:
81% of children reached expected levels in their ability to talk in sentences (compared to 33% before) on the I CAN tracker.
Talk Boost KS2:
Nearly 60% of children reached expected levels in working with others and having conversations (compared to 20% before) on the I CAN tracker.
View more detailed impacts, here.
We have developed a brand-new online tracker tool for Talk Boost! Our I CAN Tracker will help you identify which children would benefit the most from Talk Boost and show their progress before and after the intervention. The new tracker will provide a better user experience, enhanced reporting, and the option for organisations to get aggregate data from multiple schools.
The Intervention Pack costs £500.00 and the cost of training is set individually by I CAN's licensed tutors. If you are a small setting you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with other settings for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.
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