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

Talk Boost

What is Talk Boost?

Talk Boost is a targeted and evidence-based intervention programme, which supports language delayed children in Reception and Key Stage One (KS1) to make progress with their language and communication skills. The programme is delivered in primary schools by classroom teachers and assistants and provides a structured programme that accelerates children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 18 months after a ten week intervention. Since launch over 30,000 children have benefited from the programme.

  • Who is the Talk Boost intervention aimed at?

Talk Boost is aimed at 4-7 year olds with delayed speech, language and communication. These children often have difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling and are more likely to have behavioural issues.

  • How is the group intervention delivered?

Children who are identified with delayed language by using the Progression Tool will attend three Talk Boost sessions per week in small groups, each lasting 30-40 minutes. Each session is run by a Talk Boost trained teaching assistant who understands the importance of the different components of language and how they are introduced and practised throughout the 10 weeks. In addition to this the teacher will run a weekly whole-class activity and there are activities that can be practiced at home.

Who is Talk Boost training for?

Talk Boost training is for reception, year one and year two teachers and teaching assistants, training in pairs. It is important that staff attend in teacher and teaching assistant training pairs, as this is the structure that the intervention is based around.

What will I learn?

The training will give participants the skills and knowledge to understand the rationale behind Talk Boost, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the intervention successfully.

How is this training delivered to you?

Talk Boost is a one day course delivered in your work place.

If you are a small school you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with other schools for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.

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

How does Talk Boost support Ofsted?

Ofsted currently evaluates the standards in communication and how schools narrow the gap between children with the lowest and highest attainment. Talk Boost can assist primary schools to meet Ofsted’s judgement criteria by:

  • Using our Classroom Checklist, Progression Tool and Child Attitude Survey to measure and analyse progress which supports Pupil Premium.
  • Improving pupils’ behaviour by developing their attention, listening and communication skills.
  • Aiding you to focus on those early communication skills that can reduce the gap widening on literacy and numeracy.
  • Helping you identify children who need additional support by using our evaluation tools.

How much does Talk Boost cost?

Option One
Training delivered by an I CAN Communication Advisor Each training module costs £1,600 + VAT for 3 training pairs (teacher and teaching assistant) and £300 per training pair thereafter. Price includes training materials and starter kits.

Option Two
We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who deliver training (often to smaller groups). Training materials and starter kits are purchased from I CAN at a cost of £300 per training pair + 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 or 0207 843 2515 to talk to our team about Talk Boost or to arrange training.