Talking Transitions

Starting in October 2019, Talking Transitions is an innovative, 14-month Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) pilot project focusing on transition for children into primary school.

It is being delivered with schools and their feeder settings (Early Years Private, Voluntary and Independent settings), which are coming together to create individual ‘satellites’. Focusing on communication and language as a catalyst for change, the aim is to develop and encourage each satellite to collaboratively develop, devise and deliver bespoke mini-transition projects around their children’s speech, language and communication needs and to also raise awareness of the importance of communication and language through developing and implementing parental engagement activities and community work.

There is financial support available to the schools, enabling teachers release time for visits to their feeder settings and the offer of fully-funded, accredited Continuing Professional Development to all participants of the pilot through the offer of the 10-week Elklan training programme.

Talking Transitions will draw on the following three aspects:

  • Learning together – opportunities for feeder settings and schools to share and build on their existing knowledge and expertise regarding children’s SLC development
  • Working together – satellites creating their individual SLC projects
  • Being together – working with parents and carers and the wider community

In addition to the above, the project will look to ensure all settings are encouraging parents to sign up to receive online ‘Weekend Talk Tips’. There will also be network opportunities bringing all the ‘Satellites’ together to share experiences and best practice.

The project has been universally offered across the A Better Start Southend wards, and if the pilot model proves successful, then there is scope for further satellites to be involved in the project, in the future.

If you have any questions about this exciting pilot project, please contact: Sian Ansell: or Lynsey Weston: on 01702 880383.