Talk Boost narrows the gap between 4-7 year olds with language delay and their peers.

Do you:

• Have 4-7 year olds in your class with poor language?

• Want to help learners that are under-attaining?

• Worry that these children are being left behind their peers?

• Want to give children the foundation skills to access phonics, reading and writing?

• Want to deliver a proven intervention that helps children make progress?

• Want to understand how Talk Boost can support different groups of children  such as those with English as an Additional Language (EAL)?

What is Talk Boost?

Talk Boost is a targeted and evidenced based intervention, which supports language delayed children in KS1 to make significant progress with their language and communication skills.

Why Talk Boost?

Language delay can significantly impact on children’s attainment. Many of these children have the potential to catch up but only if

they receive timely intervention. Talk Boost is a structured and robustly evidenced programme that can boost a child’s communication by an average of 18 months after 10 weeks of intervention. Some schools tell us this could help more than half their learners.

Ofsted now evaluates how well pupils develop and apply their skills in communication and how well communication is taught. They

also focus on how schools narrow the gap between children with the lowest and highest attainment. Talk Boost helps schools develop

children’s communication skills, narrowing the gap between 4-7 year olds with language delay and their peers.

• Talk Boost can help schools raise KS1 achievement by:

- Identifying vulnerable learners

- Providing a structured evidence based programme that accelerates children’s progress in language and communication

- Supporting the foundation language skills that lead to phonics

- Increasing classroom participation by improving confidence and skills in listening, vocabulary, narrative, sentence building and conversation

• Talk Boost builds the quality of teaching by providing classroom staff with practical activities that children enjoy.

• Talk Boost can improve behaviour for learning by developing children’s attention and listening skills and confidence in communicating.

• Talk Boost aids leadership and management with its progression tool. This helps schools identify and measure children who need additional support and informs target setting.

• Talk Boost also provides guidance for successful engagement with parents.

What practitioners say about Talk Boost

Talk Boost is great for all those children in the middle – the ones that wouldn’t qualify for specialist help, but aren’t thriving at school because of a speech and language problem and/or a confidence problem.

Denise O’Neil, Learning Support Assistant Dover Road Primary, Gravesham

Healey Primary is a school that serves a mixed community – our catchment area includes a council estate as well as more affluent areas. Most of our pupils are White British, though we are getting an increasing number of children with English as an Additional Language through the doors.

I’m one of two Teaching Assistants involved in running the sessions with year 1 and year 2 children. We both feel the 10 weeks of support is making a massive difference – there are vast improvements in children’s listening skills, their ability to sit and concentrate in class, their vocabulary, the way they tell stories and even the way they relate to each other. Things as simple as making eye contact with the person you’re speaking to – it might not sound like much but it makes a big difference to the quality of children’s interactions. The children see the Talk Boost activities as games – they jump up as soon as the name of their group is called, it isn’t hard to persuade them to get involved! Having delivered it a few times now I have some favourite activities I look forward to doing – children always enjoy the yellow ball activity where they each have to add to a list of adjectives to describe the ball. Another game they always enjoy is the special person game, where one child goes out and the rest of the group each have to think of a reason why their classmate is special that they share when they are brought back into the room. We definitely want to carry on with Talk Boost because it benefits the individual

child so much.

Susan Bray, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Healey Primary, Rochdale

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