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Becoming a Primary Talk Licensed Tutor

What is Primary Talk?

Primary Talk is a training and accreditation* programme that supports the communication development of all primary aged children, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Primary Talk has been shown to have a substantial impact on classroom practice and can help schools improve pupil outcomes.

*To find out more about Primary Talk accreditation, take a look at Becoming a Primary Talk Licensed Mentor

What is Primary Talk Training?

Primary Talk training is an evidence informed whole school training programme at Supportive and Enhanced levels for staff working with children aged 5-11.

Primary Talk training can help schools to create an environment that develops the speech and language skills of all children, and ensures effective school based provision for children with speech, language and communication needs. It improves staff knowledge and understanding of speech, language and communication and embeds learning through follow-up activities and a personal action plan.

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What does a Primary Talk Tutor do?

  • Delivers the Primary Talk training programme to primary school staff. This training consists of three sessions that can be delivered over one day or in three twilights.
  • Is instrumental in developing an interactive learning environment and combining the information with discussions and tasks.
  • Links theory to practice and differentiates the materials to make them relevant to all staff.
  • Supports the school to develop a whole school approach to speech, language and communication by introducing a variety of actions that can change practice including the use of follow-up activities and developing personal action plans and linking speech, language and communication to appraisals and lesson observations.
  • Licensed Tutors shall use their best endeavours to deliver Primary Talk to as many schools as possible.

Skills Criteria

To become a Primary Tutor you will be one of the following:

  • An experienced teacher with knowledge of speech, language and communication and of training adults
  • A Speech and Language Therapist with experience training adults and of working in schools

All Licensed Tutors will need to have experience of training and coaching.

Primary Talk Tutor Training Overview

Primary Talk Tutor training (Supportive and Enhanced Levels) is delivered over one day and lasts for five hours. It covers an exploration of the materials and an opportunity to consider how to support whole school change and improve outcomes for children.

Licensed tutor training also includes an overview of adult learning approaches and information about the marketing and licensing of I CAN products.

Training is held at I CAN central office in central London. Training can be arranged in your local area if you can arrange a cohort of six who meet the Primary Talk tutor criteria.


Primary Talk Supporting and Enhancing Communication Licensed Tutor training, inclusive of resources is £200

Annual Licence Fee is £60*

*The licence fee is charged with your training cost and payable thereafter annually (License period 01 April -31st March). This covers all I CAN licences that you hold.

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