Talking Success: A training course for staff (Schools in Bedford Borough Council)

Launched in Autumn 2020, the ‘Communication Champion team’ consists of a SENCoTeacher and Teaching Assistant. We have now trained approximately 117 staff from 49 schools across Bedford Borough. These staff have enhanced knowledge of / specialist interest in speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and are ideally placed to promote speech, language and communication within their school to benefit ALL pupils.

Every school in Bedford has an opportunity to identify up to three members of staff to attend a Talking Success course and create their own Communication Champion team.

The training is written for staff supporting children and young people with SLCN in schools. It equips them with innovative tools and methods to enhance children and young people’s (CYP) learning in the classroom and promotes quality first teaching. The training uses relevant teaching methods including practical activities, videos and group discussion to engage learners.

By attending this course we hope you will:

  • Increase your capacity to identify and support CYP with SLCN
  • Strengthen your understanding of the impact of Speech, Language and Communication difficulties on CYP
  • Be able to identify CYP with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties confidently refer these pupils for additional support
  • Understand and be able to implement strategies at a universal and targeted level to support CYP with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties
  • Understand the development of English as an Additional Language and how best to support this in the classroom

Cost: FREE for schools in Bedford Borough

Upcoming Dates

Primary Cohort (attendance at each day is required)

  • Day 1: Tuesday 20 September
  • Day 2: Wednesday 21 September
  • Day 3: Wednesday 19 October (half day – am)
  • Day 4: Tuesday 1 November
  • Day 5: Wednesday 2 November
  • Day 6: Wednesday 9 November
  • Day 7: Thursday 8 December (half day – am)

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Secondary Cohort (attendance at each day is required)

  • Day 1: Tuesday 27 September
  • Day 2: Wednesday 28 September
  • Day 3: Monday 17 October (half day – am)
  • Day 4: Tuesday 15 November
  • Day 5: Wednesday 16 November
  • Day 6: Tuesday 22 November
  • Day 7: Wednesday 7 December (half day – am)

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