TALKING PARTNERS@ Secondary 2 day training course

Spring 2017

Dates:  3rd March 2017

10th March 2017

Start Time:  9.30 am

Finish Time: 3:45 pm


Northgate House Conference Centre, Warwick, CV34 4JL

£500 per school  which includes 2 days training for 2 members of staff plus Talking Partners resource pack, training file & lunch

To book please control click here to book a place or email



What is Talking Partners?

Talking Partners is a structured oral language programme which raises levels of achievement by improving learner’s listening and speaking skills. It is an evidence based targeted, time limited (10 weeks) intervention that can be used with learners in KS3 and KS4.

Who is Talking Partners for?

Talking Partners is for pupils who are:

  • Lacking in skills and confidence as speakers and listeners
  • EAL learners
  • SEN
  • SEBD (mild)

Who delivers Talking Partners?

Experienced TAs and HLTAs after receiving 2-days of intensive training to become trained partners. A SENCO (also expected to attend the training), is appointed as the school coordinator and monitors the intervention. Partners receive a training pack, which contains full descriptions of activities, frameworks for teaching and assessment materials to support delivery and measure impact.

How is Talking Partners delivered?

Trained partners work with groups of three pupils for a period of 10 weeks. Each week there is an hourly taught group session and one or two flexible follow up sessions which consolidate the taught skills.  An important element of the programme is the use of visual ‘frameworks’ which help pupils to formulate ideas, sequence, structure and deliver their talk.

How effective is Talking Partners?

The materials include tools that measure outcomes by supporting identification of need, ongoing monitoring (including self-assessment) and other performance evaluations. The programme ensures that participants make accelerated progress in both speaking and listening, making classroom learning more accessible. It improves literacy skills and also supports learning across the curriculum.

How do I book onto a Talking Partners training course?

To book please control click here to book a place or email