Communicating Matters provides specialist support for schools and other agencies through evidence-based training and intervention. We are approved and licenced to provide training programmes devised by ICAN - the children’s communication charity. We are also licenced mentors for ICAN accreditation.
Talk Boost are targeted interventions for children with delayed language helping to boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers. Differentiated for children between the ages of 3-10 years, the programmes aim to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of six months, after a nine-week intervention.
"In addition, all of our Talk Boost interventions can also be used to demonstrate to Ofsted how you are focusing on developing staff skills.” – ICAN
We provide the training course to enable staff to deliver this intervention.
Primary Talk is a training programme that supports the communication development of all children, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and can help schools improve pupil outcomes. The training is focused on the National Curriculum.
Level 1: Supportive/Universal level - gives staff and schools the skills needed to create communication-supportive environments for all children and help to identify and refer on children who may need additional support.
Level 2: Enhanced level enables staff and schools to build on the support they already offer to all children and develop skills to support children with identified, mild and moderate SLCN.
Level 3: Specialist level develops the skills of individuals and services that work with children with severe and complex SLCN.
Early Talk is a series of training courses designed for early years practitioners. Every element of Early Talk 0-5 years will contribute to Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce Diploma, or the Continued Professional Development Award in Speech, Language and Communication.
Level 1: Supporting communication and language. A one-day course for practitioners to increase participants’ knowledge of typical communication and language development with strategies to support language development.
Level 2: Enhancing communication and language. A one-day course for practitioners to identify and support those children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) within their setting working with parents and other professionals to support the child.
ICAN Accreditation is a quality assurance tool providing recognition of good practice in a settings provision for speech, language and communication and practical ideas for further improvement.
Settings are encouraged to work with an ICAN licensed mentor in working towards the accreditation, providing written evidence that demonstrates improved outcomes in speech, language and communication for children in all the key areas outlined in the Accreditation Manual.