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.

ICAN Programmes

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.

TalkBoost is a structured and robustly evidenced programme that can boost a child's communication by an average of 18 months after ten weeks of intervention. It is a 10 week course run by a Teaching Assistant, with weekly whole class sessions carried out by a teacher.

We provide the training course to enable staff to deliver this intervention.

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 I CAN 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. Evidence will be submitted to the I CAN Primary Talk Accreditation Panel (comprised of specialist advisory SLTs and teachers) for assessment. If successful, accreditation lasts for 3 years subject to annual reviews.

Other Training

We also provide a range of other courses and can develop bespoke training as required. Please contact us to discuss the training requirements for your setting.

Ruth supplies regular training to Police Officers and Social Workers who work on a daily basis with people, mainly children, who have the most challenging communication needs. These sessions are, not only very well received by the professionals, but imperative to enable productive investigations in order to allow even the most vulnerable to have their voice heard in the Criminal Justice System.

— Paul Essam, Norfolk Police