Talk Boost Parent Hub

Talk Boost Parent Hub

As part of the Talk Boost intervention programme, your child will be set some talk-based homework tasks. Below you'll find some short videos to watch with ideas on how to support your child to complete the activities.

Simply select your child's learning stage below to start browsing the relevant videos.

(For further information about Talk Boost and answers to commonly asked questions, please scroll down.)

  • Key Stage 1

  • Key Stage 2

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With special thanks to HelpFilm for the production of these videos.  HelpFilm is a charitable media production company that uses only working professional filmmakers to create high-end videos and animations to small and medium sized charities across a broad range of valuable causes.

Talk Boost: Your questions answered

  • 1. What is Talk Boost?

    Talk Boost is a range of interventions aimed at helping children that are having difficulties with speaking and understanding language to catch up with their peers. The interventions are differentiated by learning stage (Early Talk Boost, Talk Boost Key Stage 1 and Talk Boost Key Stage 2).

    Each intervention lasts between 8-10 weeks, with the children being taught specific communication skills in three short, focused sessions per week.

    To complement the classroom-based activities, your child will be set some talk-based homework tasks. You can support your child with these by watching the videos above.

  • 2. Who are Speech and Language UK?

    Talk Boost has been designed by Speech and Language UK, the UK’s children’s communication charity. Please take a look at our About Us page to find out more about the work we do to support children.

  • 3. Why is it so important to improve children’s skills in speaking and understanding language?

    Having good communication skills is important for all children – for learning, making friends and for later life opportunities. We know that some children and young people struggle to learn and make friends in school because of challenges with speaking and understanding language.

  • 4. How will Talk Boost benefit my child?

    The Talk Boost interventions have been developed by experts in conjunction with teachers and educationalists to ensure that children get the maximum benefit from them. Our evidence shows that children going through the intervention make significant progress in catching up with their peers:

    Early Talk Boost – for children aged 3-4.5

    • 67% of children reached expected levels in attention and listening (compared to 17% before), essential foundation skills for early communication and language.
    • 73% of children reached expected levels in understanding words and sentences (compared to 26% before).
    • 63% of children reached expected levels in their speaking skills (compared to 18% before).

    Talk Boost KS1 – for children aged 4-7

    • 77% of children reached expected levels in their ability to talk in sentences (compared to 29% before).
    • The number of children working at expected levels in using sentences more than doubled.
    • 83% of children reached expected levels in understanding and using vocabulary (compared with 37% before).

    Talk Boost KS2 – for children aged 7-10

    • 83% of children reached expected levels in their ability to listen carefully (compared to 12% before), a vital skill for understanding what is happening in the classroom.
    • 59% of children were at expected levels in telling stories and explaining what has happened (compared to 12% before).
    • 55% reached expected levels in working with others and having conversations (compared to 14% before).


Other resources you may find helpful

  • Speaking Up For the Covid Generation
    A report on the impact of COVID-19 on children's skills in speaking and understanding language.
  • Progress Checker
    A free online tool to help you assess how your child is getting on with their speech, language and communication development.
  • Enquiry Service
    Discuss questions or concerns about your child’s speech, language and communication development with one of our speech and language therapists.
  • Speech and Language UK Assessments
    For children with severe or complex difficulties in speaking and understanding language, a Speech and Language UK Assessment can support parents with fully identifying a child's needs and choosing the right school.


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