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

Every mainstream school in Bedford Borough has an opportunity to attend Talking Success training and create a ‘Communication Champion team’. A Communication Champion team consists of three members of staff, usually the SENCo, a Teacher and a Teaching Assistant, who are able to demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of or a specialist interest in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Upon completion of Talking Success training, these members of staff are recognised as ‘Communication Champions’ who can then proceed to promote Speech, Language and Communication development for ALL pupils within their schools, by sharing and implementing the knowledge, skills and tools that they learn from the training with other members of staff.

We have now trained over 130 staff from 50 schools across Bedford Borough.

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

Autumn 2023 dates coming soon!

Primary Cohort (attendance at each day is required)

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Secondary Cohort (attendance at each day is required)

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