"Speaking and listening is the bedrock of all learning and cannot simply be 'picked up' along the way. These intervention programmes support the development of key communication skills focussing on making the learning fun." Clare Reed, Speaking and Listening Consultant
Clare Reed has over 20 years teaching experience, mainly in inner-city schools working across the Primary phase as a class teacher, language specialist, Science Coordinator, Learning Mentor Manager, Performing Arts Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator. Over the last six years, Clare has been a Speaking and Listening Consultant. During this time she developed, wrote and designed the Talk Across the Curriculum, Nurturing Talk and Talking Partners Second Edition, in collaboration with colleague Jan Hilditch.
Clare now provides training and consultancy in these areas plus bespoke speaking and listening training for Quality First Teaching. Clare is also a trainer and consultant in Talking Maths. Clare has worked extensively in Local Authorities, educational establishments and schools across England. She has also delivered Talking Partners in Canada and Thailand.
The programmes that Clare offers support the development of speaking and listening skills to enhance children's learning and can be adapted for working either at whole class level, small groups or with individuals. They are all based on proven good practice of how children learn, e.g. having a purpose, linking their learning, using and applying their thinking skills, being aware of their learning and why they are doing it, knowing how to reach their goal, knowing what is the next step when they've got there, making it real, knowing the audience, modelling good practice. Above all the programmes focus on making it fun so the children WANT to be there learning.