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Ensuring children's communication skills are developed and prioritised in every aspect of school life.

Primary Talk - School Toolkit

The Primary Talk School Toolkit is a resource to help schools develop the important area of speech, language and communication. These spoken language skills are an essential part of learning and development, and are best addressed through a whole school approach. The Primary Talk School Toolkit will support you in developing this.


The Primary Talk School Toolkit includes:


  • An audit tool: to get you started by reviewing how you currently support spoken language
  • An action planning tool: areas that you highlight from the audit then become actions for whole school development
  • Additional supporting documents including ideas for strategies and resources

How can the Primary Talk School Toolkit help?


The Primary Talk School Toolkit will help make sustainable changes in many aspects of your school provision, including:

  • Strategies that staff use on a daily basis as part of their teaching
  • Resources to help children’s spoken language skills
  • Opportunities for developing spoken language across the curriculum.

The end result of all this work should be seen in improvements to all children’s spoken language skills  – which will impact on children’s engagement with learning and attainment in other areas too.


Primary Talk School Award – an I CAN Communication Quality Mark


The ultimate aim of this school development is improved spoken language skills for your pupils. Schools that would like to receive external recognition of this work can apply for an I CAN Primary Talk School Award.

To do this you will need to work with an I CAN Primary Talk mentor.  A mentor is an expert in speech, language and communication who has been trained by I CAN in the Primary Talk programme.

The Primary Talk School Award is a communication quality mark and is awarded at two levels: supportive/universal or enhanced/targeted, determined by the awarding panel on the basis of the evidence presented to them by your Primary Talk Mentor.