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"It certainly widened their knowledge and understanding of the importance of talk in lessons and how talk is planned for, constructed and looked at as a core mechanism for driving progress and learning."

Anna Umbers, Sittingbourne School

 

Secondary Talk

Secondary Talk is an evidence-based practical programme to help schools support their young people to develop essential communication skills, the foundation skills for learning, literacy and life. It has been shown to contribute to improvements in behaviour, engagement in learning and attainment.

Secondary Talk helps schools to develop language and communication supportive approaches that respond to their own priorities and identified key issues. So whether your school has identified issues with behaviour, engagement in learning or attainment amongst its vulnerable groups, whether low or high achieving, Secondary Talk can provide flexible, practical solutions.

“The Secondary Talk programme has had a significant impact upon our Teaching and Learning with a greater focus upon the quality of our communication. With a greater understanding of the language we share across the curriculum we can secure further progress as students transfer learning skills across subjects as well as speaking and writing communication.” - Maéve Taylor, Deputy Headteacher, Claydon High School

Secondary Talk supports schools to develop communication approaches responding to their own priorities, unlike top-down school improvement initiatives. So whether your school has identified issues with behaviour, engagement in learning or attainment amongst its vulnerable groups, Secondary Talk can provide flexible, practical solutions.

How Secondary Talk works

Delivered over 3-4 terms by experienced and specialist I CAN communication advisors Secondary Talk provides consultancy, a range of short training modules, coaching, 'what to do' materials, three levels of standards to aim for and validation, in a package that is tailored to the needs of the school. Together these help change and embed communication supportive practice in a focused, step by step way that impacts on the behaviour, attainment and engagement of students.

Read this blog to find out more about how Secondary Talk works using a communication rich teaching style, and the impact on pupils. By Jasmine Woolven, Mathematics Teacher at Overton Grange School.

Next Steps

  • To find out how Secondary Talk could work in your school, contact I CAN today on 020 7843 2515 or email secondarytalk@ican.org.uk and please provide your contact name, position, school name, address, contact phone number and best time to reach you by phone.
  • If you are a specialist teacher or speech and language therapist and would like to deliver Secondary Talk to practitioners or schools in your area, find out more about becoming an I CAN licensee
  • If you offer Secondary Talk in your school or local authority, you can use this text in your Local Offer.