What is Talk Boost KS1?

Talk Boost KS1 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 boosts children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 18 months after a ten week intervention.


Who is the Talk Boost KS1 intervention aimed at?

Talk Boost KS1 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 Online Tracker Tool will attend three Talk Boost KS1 sessions per week in small groups, each lasting 30-40 minutes. Each session is run by a Talk Boost KS1 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 KS1 training for?

Talk Boost KS1 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 KS1, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the intervention successfully.


How does Talk Boost KS1 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 KS1 can assist primary schools to meet Ofsted’s judgement criteria by:

  • Using our Classroom Checklist, Online Tracker 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.


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