Talk Boost KS1

Narrows the gap between 4-7 year olds with language delay and their peers

[Talk Boost KS1 logo] In some parts of the UK, upwards of 50% of children are starting school with delayed language skills that can affect their ability to learn, achieve and make friends. Many of these children have the potential to 'catch up' but only if they receive timely intervention and support.

Talk Boost KS1 is a targeted and evidence-based intervention, which supports language delayed children to make significant progress with their language and communication skills. During the pilot of the project, some children were found to improve their communication by 12-18 months in a ten week period.

In total 120 activities are delivered during the 10-week intervention period. Children are taught in small groups three times a week by teachers, assistants and volunteers but this is supplemented by whole-class activities so a focus on language permeates the wider classroom.

Each session draws on four activities that cover the key components of language - Listening and Attention, Vocabulary, Sentence Building, Storytelling and Conversations.

Talk Boost KS1 was developed by The Communication Trust and I CAN, with support from the Every Child a Chance Trust. It's part of A Chance to Talk (ACTT), a unique programme of training support and intervention which enables clusters of primary schools to provide an evidence-based approach to improving the speech, language and communication skills of children aged 4-7.

What is Talk Boost KS1? 

Talk Boost KS1 is a targeted intervention for 4-7 year old children with delayed language, including children in Reception classes.  The programme is delivered in primary schools by classroom teachers and teaching assistants and provides a structured programme that boosts children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 9 - 18 months after a ten week intervention.

Who is Talk Boost KS1 training for?

The training is suitable for reception, year one and year two teachers and teaching assistants. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge to understand the rationale behind Talk Boost KS1, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the intervention successfully.
The training is delivered on-site in your school. Schools training small numbers of staff may wish to consider joining with other schools locally to share the cost.

How will children improve their language and communication skills?

Children who are selected to take part in the intervention will attend three sessions per week in small groups, each lasting 30-40 minutes delivered by the teaching assistant. The sessions include activities that cover the key elements of language: Attention and Listening, Vocabulary, Building Sentences, Telling Stories and Conversations. In addition, the teacher will run a weekly whole-class activity and there are activities that can be practiced at home.

What does Talk Boost KS1 include?

Once you have booked onto the training course, you will receive the following materials:
An Intervention Manual containing detailed group session plans and resources required
A Teacher Manual that guides teachers in selecting the right children, tracking their progress and managing the overall operation of the groups
12 Children’s Activity books to reinforce what has been taught in the group sessions
Access to our Classroom Checklist, Online Tracker Tool and Child Attitude Survey to measure and analyse progress which supports Pupil Premium
Access to the Communication Cookbook which contains fun activities to support children's language and communication
An option to purchase the Talk Boost KS1 Toolkit which contains a set of musical instruments, toys, and activity materials designed to make your Talk Boost KS1 sessions even more convenient


The cost of the Talk Boost KS1 Starter Kit is £350 per training pair + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training. Both a Talk Boost KS1 Starter Kit and Toolkit can be bought together at the same time as a bundle for a discounted price of £480.