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 Speech and Language

CHAT for Schools: Foundation and Communication Friendly Environments

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff 


All classrooms will have children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). There is growing evidence of the impact of SLCN on Children’s Learning and social integration.

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Date and Time: 28 September 2022 - 3.30pm -5.00pm 

                          8 March 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 

: NHS Speech and Language Therapists  


Outcomes: You will learn how you can adapt and improve your educational environment to make learning more accessible, to create language learning opportunities, and to make the most of your interactions with children to support their communication development.  Aligns with Environment, Structures & Routines, and Skills components of the Circle Framework. 

CHAT For Schools : Supporting Children Who Stammer

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff 


This session aims to provide information about stammering in children and young people, and strategies which are helpful for supporting them in your setting.

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Date and Time: 5 October 2022 - 3.30pm -5.00pm

                         15 March 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 

 NHS Speech and Language Therapists  


Outcomes: Provide information about stammering.  To increase your awareness of factors which can impact a child’s stammer.  Provide  practical strategies for you to use to support a child with a stammer in your setting.  Give you an increased  awareness of other sources of information and support.  Provide you with  opportunities to seek further advice for working with specific children you support.

CHAT FOR SCHOOLS: Colourful Semantics

Target Audience - All School and Nursery Staff 


Colourful Semantics provides an engaging, dynamic and visual approach to support Children’s language development by coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs.  Discuss the principles of sentence building related to grammar and meaning.  Explain the use of colours, symbols and signs to develop sentences.  Give examples and ideas for resources.

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 Date and Time: 23 November 2022 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm

                            24 May 2023 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm 

NHS Speech and Language Therapists 


Outcomes: Expected Impact on adults:  Greater understanding of how to teach grammar and sentence building, both orally and in literacy. Confidence in using this strategy in targeted and whole class settings and for differentiated literacy work involving sentence and story building.  An awareness of resources available to help put this into practice. The course includes a pdf resource for every participant.

CHAT For Schools: Phonological Awareness

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff 


Phonological awareness is a strong predictor of literacy success and other related outcomes. This course looks at the difference between phonics and phonological awareness, and discusses the difference and the impact that phonological awareness may have on a child’s learning.  Staff may already know a few activities for rhyming, syllable clapping etc, but this course extends your knowledge of these and allows staff to approach these skills in a more structured way.   A baseline measure is discussed which can be used in your classroom.  A manual of activities is provided, and the presenters will demonstrate some of these during the session.  Feedback from this course has been very positive.

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Date and Time: 31 August 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 

                           8 February 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists  

Outcomes:  Staff Will - Recognise the importance of phonological awareness in a child’s development.  Prioritise phonological awareness in the classroom curriculum. Identify children in need of targeted phonological awareness.  Know how to implement appropriate phonological awareness activities with children in a classroom or in a targeted group.

Supporting Children with Speech Difficulties in the Classroom 

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff


In the UK it is estimated that around 10% of children (2-3 in every class) have some form of persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN’s). SLCN’s come in many forms. This course focuses on supporting children with speech sound difficulties. It discusses expectations of typical speech sound development and the impact of speech sound difficulties in the primary class room. We want to build positive experiences of communication for all children and there are many way to help children with unclear speech.

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Date and Time: 9 November 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm 

                          10 May 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm 

: NHS Speech and Language Therapists  


Outcomes: Staff will already be using helpful strategies in class and this course should add to these. It should also provide clarity on when and how to request additional support. We touch on the process of therapy itself to provide insight about intervention for specific speech difficulties and the importance of therapy support.

Staff  will:  Understand the importance of clear speech in a child’s development.  Recognise when a child’s speech is causing them a specific difficulty.  Know how to support the chid with speech difficulties in the classroom and how to access and prioritise further support if needed

An Introduction to Word Aware

Target Audience: All Primary School and Nursery Staff 


This course gives a brief overview of the Word Aware programme and aims to encourage settings to take up the training as a whole school approach.  Full Word Aware training can be requested for your whole setting / LMG.

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Date and Time: 30 November 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm

                          31 May 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 



Supporting Children with Language Difficulties: A Teachers Guide

Target Audience: All Primary School and Nursery Staff.  It would be useful, but not essential,  for participants to have attended the CHAT for Schools Foundation & Communication Friendly Environments course.


Children with language difficulties are very common in classrooms and implications for learning and life outcomes are discussed. This session outlines what to look for as well as describing practical strategies for the classroom and signposting to other sources of support. 

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Date and Time:  7 December 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm

                          7 June 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 



Teaching Children to Listen

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff.  Familiarisation with the TCTL manual would be beneficial


Introduction to foundation listening and attention skills.  Summary- What is TCTL?.  Demonstration of how to run TCTL groups including session plans and resources.  Opportunity for questions and practical planning discussions. 

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Date and Time: 7 September 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 

                           1 February 2023 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 


Verbal Comprehension and Comprehension Monitoring

Target Audience: All School and Nursery Staff 


Comprehension Monitoring is appropriate for people working with children with the following difficulties: Understanding and remembering instructions and information.  Understanding concepts for learning and new vocabulary.  Asking for help and are dependent on adults to aid their comprehension.  Understanding the importance of good questioning and enables staff to direct questions at the childs' level of understanding.  It is useful for all children but particularly at upper primary levels and those who are transitioning to secondary. This course gives some awareness raising of the features and impact of poor verbal understanding.  It provides a programme to follow with these children as a targeted approach, and allows time to explore resources to use.  We are working on some video material to demonstrate the work.

 Feedback from other education staff has been very positive and shows an impact on children, increasing their class participation, confidence and self esteem.

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Date and Time: 21 September 2022 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm

                          22 February 2023 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm 


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists  

Outcomes: To be able to identify children with comprehension difficulties.  To be familiar with the comprehension monitoring pack and memory strategies.  To be able to use these resources to run a targeted intervention group, or to use them in a classroom environment.  Increased confidence in helping children who do not understand, to take responsibility for monitoring their own


Months Impact (Scottish Attainment Challenge: Learning and Teaching Toolkit, EEF):Reading Comprehension STRATEGIES +6 Months

Effect size (Fisher, Frey & Hattie Visible Learning in Literacy):Comprehension Programs 0.60

Makaton Beginners (Level 1 & Level 2)

Target Audience: "Parents and Teaching Staff, PSAs, volunteers and third sector staff who are working with or due to be working with children who require Makaton signing."

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Date and Time:  13 and 14 September 2022 - 9.30am - 3.30pm - North Inch Campus 

                          14 and 15 February 2023 - 9.30am - 3.30pm


Presenter: Kathryn Linton - Clinical Support Worker -  Speech and Language Team


Aims and Outcomes: Introduce the Makaton Language Programme. Demonstrate signs form the 1st 4 stages of Makaton Vocabulary.  Provide Information on why you would use Makaton.  Provide an opportunity to practice making the signs.


SLT PKC Training Menu 2022-23

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