The Progression Tools cover ages 3 to 18 and aim to support teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and other staff to identify young people who may be struggling to develop their speech, language, and communication skills. They can also be used to track the progression of these skills over time or following interventions.
These Tools are based on theoretical information on typical language development and aim to provide an efficient and quick way of identifying children who may have challenges in talking and understanding words.
"One of the biggest impacts Talk Boost KS1 has had is that it has addressed the lack of confidence some children felt: teachers have noticed that children have been more confident in speaking in larger groups and have demonstrated turn-taking through putting their hands up in class."
Angie Ferme, Teaching Assistant at Elburton Primary School in Plymouth
"Talk Boost KS1 has been embraced by everyone in the school. The intervention has also been well received by parents who have enjoyed working with the children on their Talk Boost KS1 books."
Sue Beal, Assistant Head of School (Early Years and KS1), Place Farm Academy Haverhill
"When we first introduced Talk Boost KS1, 4% of our children in Reception (now Year 2) were at the national expectation for Communication, Language and Literacy. At the end of this year, our Year 2 group 90-95% will achieve national expectations and above."
Tarnia Townshend, Deputy Headteacher at Bidbury Infant School, Hampshire