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Talk of the Town


TOTT_2013What is Talk of the Town?

Talk of the Town (ToTT) aims to establish a community wide approach to supporting speech, language and communication, following key principles of practice and a systematic process of delivery. 

ToTT aims to facilitate early identification, encourage joined up working and improve outcomes for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) so that every child has the opportunity to communicate and achieve to the best of their ability. It also addresses the high level of language delay that exists, especially in areas of social deprivation.

ToTT has 4 key aims:

  1. Early identification of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  2. Joint working between parents and practitioners across health and education
  3. Positive outcomes for children and young people with improved speech, language and communication skills
  4. sustainable approach to ensure that policy and practice continue to support positive outcomes 


The ToTT approach comprises the following core components;  

ToTT is underpinned by a number of key principles:

  • Building on current practice
  • Ensuring workforce development around speech, language and communication
  • Embedding evidenced universal and targeted interventions and approaches
  • Evaluating outcomes against baseline measures
  • Ensuring ongoing monitoring of progress
  • Supporting local leadership to own and drive change
  • Sharing good practice
  • Working collaboratively across education and health
  • Linking with local provision for children who need specialist support


ToTT aims to support all children's speech, language and communication; ToTT offers a systematic approach to ensure there is a shift in the way that all children's speech, language and communication is supported at a universal and targeted level of input.

To find out more about the pilot study conducted by The Communication Trust between April 2011 and September 2012 to trial the Talk of the Town approach, please click here.

To find out about the randomised controlled trial, funded by The Education Endowment Foundation, which has recently been completed to further investigate the effectiveness of Talk of the Town, please click here.

To find out more about the plans for delivery of Talk of the Town following completion of the pilot study and randomised controlled trial project, please click here.

Should you have any further questions about Talk of the Town, or if you'd like further information, please contact Kerry Davis, Talk of the Town Programme Manager, kerrydavis@ican.org.uk or on 0207 239 0003.