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Students Develop Communication Skills

On Tuesday, 8 January, 60 students from Year 9 worked with expert trainers from the education charity Talk the Talk, whose mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk About Communication is an exciting and engaging masterclass in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment. Students are taught how to use persuasive language techniques to get their message across. The day highlighted and nurtured employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills. Via numerous speaking opportunities, students were coached and supported throughout the day to deliver to their peers a structured two-minute presentation on a topic about which they have a genuine interest.

There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond. Young people are reluctant to stand up and speak out. They are reticent in voicing their thoughts and opinions due to the fear of being wrong or being ridiculed by their peers. One of the keys to the success of the Talk The Talk programme is breaking down these barriers by creating an environment of mutual respect with a supportive ethos within the classroom. When students stand up and voice their opinions, share their thoughts and present their ideas – they are applauded by their peers and congratulated by their workshop leader and school staff alike. We demonstrate that speaking out is not a “life or death” experience – but one that we CAN do – and one that is no way near as daunting as we might think.Richard Hull, Director, Talk the Talk
The evidence points very persuasively to a highly successful intervention, in particular for shy and reticent students, helping to increase their skills and confidence.Professor John MacBeath, Cambridge University