• Talk Matters: A Research Programme for Teachers

    Talk Matters: A Research Programme for Teachers


    This research programme for teachers and leaders supports schools to develop the quality of classroom talk so that learning is more effective.

    What is involved?

    Building on the work of the University of Cambridge Dialogic Teaching project, and with the support of Cambridge academics, the project enables teachers to benchmark the quality of their own classroom talk, both teacher-pupil and pupil-pupil. It then supports them to explore a range of evidence-informed approaches to the development of classroom talk and to review the impact these changes have on pupil learning.

    Read about last year’s successful research project here

    Who is the programme for?

    Schools are encouraged to send teachers in pairs or to send a senior leader who can use the session materials to work with a wider group of staff in their school.

    Session details

    Session 1
    Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    • Overview of the project
    • Introduction to the assessment tool
    • Using the tool to baseline target children

    Session 2
    Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    • Reviewing your baseline data
    • Exploring types of talk and their relative impact on learning – the work of Mercer
    • Designing a research question
    • Deciding on your change to practice

    Session 3
    Date: Thursday 11 March 2021
    Time: 9am-12:30pm
    *Exploring effective classroom environments for talk – Mercer’s types of talk and Dylan Wiliam’s models of classroom talk

    Session 4
    Date: Wednesday 31 March 2021
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    • Using talk to enable metacognition and self-regulation
    • Health checking your intervention

    Session 5
    Date: Friday 28 May 2021
    Time: 9am-12:30pm,

    • Making groupwork work – Springer and Johnson
    • Preparing to gather your impact data

    Session 6
    Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    • What difference have we made?
    • What are our next steps in improving classroom talk?

    Sign up and cost

    Register for our 2020-21 cohort here.
    Cost: £350