Talk The Talk programmes support the curriculum in England and Wales


supports the National Curriculum requirements for Spoken English for Years 6 & 7

In Year 6, pupils’ confidence, enjoymentand mastery of language should be extended through public speaking, performanceand debate

In Year 7, spoken language continues to underpin the development of pupils’ reading and writing and teachers should therefore ensure pupils’ confidence and competence in this area continues to develop


supports the National Curriculum requirements for Spoken English at Key Stage 3 & 4

Pupils should be taught to speak confidently and effectively in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion

Pupils should give short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point


supports the National Curriculum requirements for both Spoken English and Citizenship at Key Stage 4

Pupils should be taught to speak confidently, audibly and effectively for different purposes and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas persuasively for formal spoken presentations

Pupils should be taught to listen and build upon the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenge courteously when necessary

A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society.

Talk The Talk programmes support the National Curriculum

2.1 Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. It must prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

2.5 All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.

4.6 The ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the national curriculum may be in advance of their communication skills in English. Teachers should plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and should aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.

6.1 Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

6.2 Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They should be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.

Talk The Talk supports Ofsted requirements for literacy, personal development and welfare.