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    Talk Matters: A Research Programme for Teachers

    This funded research programme for teachers and leaders supports them to develop the quality of classroom talk in their schools so that learning is more effective. Building on the work of the University of Cambridge Dialogic Teaching Project and working 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 review the impact these changes have on pupil learning.

    Read about last year’s successful research project here

    Schools are required to send two teachers on the programme so that they can use the session materials to work with a wider group of staff in their school, and will need to make at least six professional development sessions available for this. They will also need to add the project into the School Improvement Plan.

    The project will run from November 2019 to July 2020 and is currently recruiting. Successful schools will get a free place and 50% supply cover for the two members of staff attending. Places will be prioritised for alliance partners and members.

    Session details

    All sessions will be held at Southwark Council Offices, 160 Tooley St, London SE1 2QH

    Session 1
    Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    Session 2
    Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    Session 3
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    Session 4
    Date: Thursday 7 May 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    Session 5
    Date: Thursday 4 June 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm,

    Session 6
    Date: Thursday 2 July 2020
    Time: 9am-12:30pm

    Register to join our 2019-20 cohort here.