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Talkcoach holds a series of free workshops in support of a national campaign

DEVON-based communication experts Talkcoach are to hold a series of free workshops in support of a national campaign.

The Hello campaign – backed by the Department for Education – aims to make communication for all children and young people a priority in homes and schools across the UK.

The workshops are aimed at primary and secondary school staff in Exeter, Okehampton and Truro, and will focus on children with speech language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Exeter workshop on Wednesday, June 29, is being held at Flybe's new training academy.

Flybe training academy director Andrew Rosser said: "Effective communication is, by necessity, an emphasis with all training.

"The ability to understand and therefore learn effectively remains a crucial key to unlocking a student's initial enthusiasm and so we are very pleased that Talkcoach will be using our training academy as part of this very worthwhile campaign."

Anne Ayre, a director at Talkcoach, said: "In some areas about 50 per cent of children start school with poor language skills. Ten per cent of children have persisting speech and language difficulties – that's two or three in every classroom.

"Most children with communication difficulties look like any other child. Our workshops aim to help special educational needs coordinators, teachers and teaching assistants identify and support these children so they can reach their full learning potential."

Campaign director Andrew Ball said: "We are delighted that a collaborative approach between a diverse group of businesses in the South West is supporting the Hello campaign by developing the confidence of practitioners and school staff.

"It is essential that the children's workforce feels confident in developing all children's communication and knowing how to support those with SLCN."

"It opened my eyes to the complex nature of SLCN and how far reaching this is." TA