What is Talk Boost KS2?

Talk Boost KS2 is a targeted intervention for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 (7-10 year olds) who have delayed language development, aiming to boost their language skills to help them to catch up with their peers. It consists of small group sessions, three times a week over a period of 8 weeks run by trained teaching assistants. The sessions focus on aspects of language that develop during this period, and which are needed for learning in Key Stage 2. There are additional whole class and home-based activities.


Talk Boost KS2 was trialled in a carefully designed study with active and comparison groups. The evaluation showed that after eight weeks of running the intervention children made significant progress in language and communication, with 67%catching up with their peers in understanding language. Learning in the classroom was easier; children joined in more, took part in discussions more and listened more carefully. Questionnaires used with parents showed that 85% saw that their children's language skills had improved.


Who is the Talk Boost KS2 intervention aimed at?

Talk Boost KS2 is designed for children whose language and communication skills are developing typically but are below what is expected for their age. The children should not be receiving any specialist support or have any other Special Educational Needs, and should have the potential to catch up with their peers.


What does Talk Boost KS2 include?

  • A small group intervention delivered 3 times per week by a trained teaching assistant to a group of 4 children over an 8 week period
  • Whole class activities to enable all the children in the class to benefit from evidence-informed language supportive strategies and approaches
  • Homework activities with parent tips for developing communication skills at home
  • A Communication Detective Notebook for each child in the group to provide a permanent reminder of their learning
  • The intervention is supported by an initial training package and includes the Talk Boost KS2 Tracker to help identify appropriate children for the intervention and to measure their progress.


Who is Talk Boost KS2 training for?

Talk Boost KS2 training is for teachers and TAs working with children in years 3, 4 and 5. It is important that staff attend the training in teacher/TA pairs as delivery of the intervention involves them working together.


What will I learn?

The training will give you the context for Talk Boost KS2 by developing your awareness of speech, language and communication and typical language development in KS2. It will help you to understand how to run the intervention including how to identify appropriate children, measure their progress and use the resources, and how to follow this up in class.


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