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Training - TalkingPartners@Primary, Talk Volunteers


We are currently offering two training packages in addition to those on offer through WEMAS.


TalkingPartners@Primary offers teaches and/or teaching assistants the opportunity to become confident at delivering a programme that has been developed from the internationally renowned Talking Partners programme. It is designed to improve the delivery of SLC (Speech, Language and Communication) in the classroom on a day to day basis by practitioners, as well as supporting target children who may lack skills or confidence to express themselves clearly. Such children may often find it difficult to listen and group work can be a challenge. It has also shown to effectively support the language development of children who have English as an Additional Language (although not appropriate for those who are very new to English).

TalkingPartners@Primary is a ten week intervention programme delivered to groups of three children by a trained TA/teacher, three times a week. Sessions last for 30 minutes, however, children in the Early Years work together for 15 minutes five times a week. The adult models the use of good language structures, varied vocabulary and positive speaking and listening behaviours. Talk frameworks and visual prompts are used throughout to support children to become more independent learners.

TalkingPartners@Primary ensures that children make accelerated progress in both speaking and listening. It improves children’s literacy skills and also supports learning across the curriculum.  It is a 2 day training programme.

Talk Volunteers is our newest training package enabling volunteers/parents/community members to deliver a 6 or 12 week individual intervention programme to children who would benefit from a boost to their skills and confidence in speaking and listening.  The half-day package provides training and resources that include individual session plans, speaking and listening frameworks to support the children as well as organisational resources and recording and assessment proformas.