School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

It's Good to Talk: Speaking and Listening to further Learning

One of our mantras at TT Education is that "Talk is thought" – that only when you talk something through can you realise if you've properly understood it. But in an oracy-poor society how do we develop our children's speaking and listening skills, to support and improve their learning? This course outlines the rationale for talk-based learning, provides suggestions for developing children's talk, and goes through dozens of pedagogical approaches that are based on talk.

  • Practical and engaging
  • Progression approach to talk-as-learning
  • Clear links to the National Curriculum
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

"Who needs the most practice talking in school?" asked the home-schooling advocate John Holt. "Who gets the most?" he added. We know how effective child-led and oracy-rich learning can be - and how engaging it is, too - but do we sometimes assume that children will just "soak up" these skills without explicit instruction?
This short course will:
  • Outline the research into talk-led learning - which has a central role in the 2014 National Curriculum
  • Explore ways to teach children to talk better - and listen to each other
  • Provide you with dozens of talk-based games and activities that will help children learn in all subjects


This course is appropriate for primary schools.

  • Headteachers, SLT and Curriculum Leads
  • Teachers (KS1-3)
  • TAs


If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

About this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • On-demand recording, with 30 days access to watch at a time and location to suit you!
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

Like to run this INSET DAY in your school?

Send us an enquiry and we will get in touch to talk about your school's requirements.

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