Primary Talk

Creating supportive communication environments for all children

Primary Talk is a whole school programme to develop children's communication skills. 

 

 

 

What is Primary Talk?
 
Primary Talk is a training and development programme that supports the communication development of all children aged 4-11, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The programme has been shown to have a substantial impact on classroom practice and can help schools improve pupil outcomes.
 
The programme is aimed at the Supporting Communication level which gives staff the skills needed to create a communication supportive environment and identify those with SLCN.
 
Who is Primary Talk training for?
 
Primary Talk training is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs and school staff who have an active role in the classroom and is offered at the Supporting level. Participants will develop their knowledge and understanding of typical development in speech, language and communication; ideas and strategies to support all pupils’ spoken language skills; and an introduction to identifying pupils with SLCN.
 
The training will be delivered at your school. If you are a small school you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with another school for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.
 
What are the benefits of Primary Talk?
 
Primary Talk can support schools to develop outstanding practice in communication by:
  • Developing the spoken language skills that support learning across the curriculum, including reading and writing
  • Providing staff with a range of classroom strategies that focus on developing listening and attention skills, vocabulary and the use of visual tools to support spoken language
  • Developing pupils’ behaviour for learning by helping staff to identify those children whose underlying communication difficulties lead to poor behaviour
  • Developing the social aspects of learning – making friends, working in groups, and building relationships.
 
Costs
 
We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who can deliver training directly to you. The cost of the Primary Talk Classroom Pack is £55 per teacher + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training.  The cost for an additional Participant Book is £20. 
 
Next Steps
 
Visit the Find a Tutor page to find a Primary Talk Licensed Tutor near to you. Alternatively get in touch on primarytalk@ican.org.uk or call 0207 843 2515 to talk to our team about Primary Talk or to arrange training.
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