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Creating communication supportive environments for all children.

Primary Talk

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, click here

Primary Talk training is an evidence informed whole school training programme at Supporting and Enhancing 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.

Primary Talk training is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs and school staff who have an active role in the classroom and is offered at two levels.

Primary Talk - Supporting Communication

Who For?

A course for those working with primary school children giving staff the skills needed to create a communication supportive environment and identify those with speech, language and communication needs.

What Will I Learn?

The training will enable participants to develop their knowledge and understanding of typical development in speech, language and communication (SLC); ideas and strategies to support all pupils’ communication skills; and an introduction to identifying pupils with speech, language and communication needs.

Primary Talk - Enhancing Communication

Who For?

A course for those working with primary school children, which builds on existing speech, communication and language skills and also aims to develop skills to support children with identified, mild and moderate SLCN.

What Will I Learn?

The training will enable participants to increase their existing knowledge of speech language and communication needs of primary school children and adapt a range of approaches and strategies to create an enhanced communication supportive environment for children with speech, language and communication needs.

How is this training delivered to you?

We will deliver training in your workplace. If you are a small school you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with another school for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who also deliver Primary Talk training . To find your local Licensed Tutor, this is outlined in the 'cost' section below. .

How does Primary Talk support the Ofsted framework?

Ofsted inspections focus on children’s communication skills and how well teaching develops these across the curriculum, enabling children to engage in their learning. Primary Talk can support schools to develop outstanding practice in communication by:

  • Developing the language skills that support learning across the curriculum, including reading and writing
  • Providing staff with a range of classroom strategies that focus on developing listening and attention skills, vocabulary and the use of visual tools to support spoken language
  • Developing pupils’ behaviour for learning by helping staff to identify those children whose underlying communication difficulties lead to poor behaviour
  • Developing the social aspects of learning – making friends, working in groups, and building relationships

How much does Primary Talk cost?

Option One

Training delivered by an I CAN Communication Advisor.
Each training module costs £1,200 + VAT for up to 15 participants with £40 per participant thereafter. Price includes training materials.

Option Two

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who deliver training (often to smaller groups) Training materials are purchased from I CAN at a cost of £40 per person + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training. Prices vary for training but this option usually works out cheaper than option one. Find your local Licensed Tutor here.

Next steps

Get in touch on primarytalk@ican.org.uk or insert 0207 843 2515 to talk to our team about Primary Talk or to arrange training.

Primary Talk Downloads

Evaluation of Primary Talk Supportive Level Training

Primary Talk Evaluation Report

Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions

Primary Talk Impacts and Outcomes

Primary Talk training, accreditation and Ofsted

Resource Order Form

Primary Talk flyer

Primary Talk Case Study - Read about Ditcheat Primary School

Download a sample of the evidence required for supportive accreditation

Download a sample of the evidence required for enhanced accreditation

Find Primary School accredited setting near you

Primary Talk Headteacher video