Talk for Reading Resource Pack

Talk for Reading (TFR) began as a two year initiative in East Riding growing out of the Every Child a Talker (ECAT) programme; it focussed on the way that children’s talk underpins the development of their reading (and writing). The TFR Self- Evaluation builds on the ECAT model and the four Themes and Principles of the EYFS; it underpins good practice in developing communication, language and literacy and offers a stepped approach to improvement.

There are 7 Case Studies and a CD Rom full of materials, ideas and documentation including the TFR Self-Evaluation and Action Planning. The development of TFR is best undertaken as an Extended Professional Development Initiative with a cluster of settings and schools over a longer period of time as this has a big impact on practice. Have a look at the Case Study below for more details.

TFR can be used in many ways; to support the development of Communication, Language and Literacy in your setting or schools; for the implementation of the EYPP and can be developed into other areas of learning. A cluster of 14 schools in Sheffield are extending the TFR initiative they have followed in year 1 into a second year with a focus on Talk for Maths Mastery (TFMM) using the same principles around supporting children’s language development and talk.

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