Talk Of The Town
Talk Of The Town is a whole school approach to supporting speech, language and communication for children with needs in these areas. The programme provides an integrated approach to support language development as a step towards improving literacy skills.
The programme grew out of a pilot in Wythenshawe, a deprived area of Manchester, funded by the Department for Education, and is now provided by the Communication Trust.
It supports universal workforce development so teachers so are able to accurately identify pupils with SLCN, and provides targeted training for teaching staff through part-time speech and language therapists, to deliver evidence-based interventions for raising attainment. It also supports leadership to embed a sustainable, long-term strategy to support all children’s communication needs.
The Education Endowment Foundation recently ran a project investigating the effectiveness of Talk Of The Town, which did not show it to be effective. The evaluation found a negative effect on primary reading, the effect size was very small and may have occurred by chance, meaning it is not possible to say with confidence that the intervention had a negative impact on reading comprehension.
The study found a mean effect size of -0.03 for primary reading. The study also found a limited impact on primary speaking and listening with a mean effect size of 0.11.
The Communication Trust
- Early Years
- Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 2
- Key Stage 3
- Key Stage 4
- Post 16
- Speech, language and communication needs
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