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Thumb Talk 4 Number: Giving a voice to mathematical reasoning! Course
Every Child Counts

This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the very effective Talk 4 Number intervention to small groups of pupils mainly in Years 3 or 4 who need help to use mathematical language fluently. High quality training enables them to deliver the intervention effectively and to strengthen their support for mathematics across the school. Over 350 teaching assistants have already been trained and have supported children to make 12 months of progress in only 3 months.

£650.00 (no VAT on this item) approx price for one TA and a link teacher, with resources
£420.00 (no VAT on this item) approx price for a second TA with resources
(Duration: 4 half-days across two months)

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Stated learning outcomes for this course

A new ECC small-group intervention that develops mathematical language and communication

This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the Talk 4 Number intervention.

Talk 4 Number is a very effective mathematics intervention, delivered by a specially trained teaching assistant or teacher to small groups of:

  • pupils mainly in Years 3 or 4 who need support and encouragement to use and understand mathematical language or to talk fluently about their mathematics; and
  • pupils in Year 3 or above who are in the later stages of learning English as an additional language.

It is an Every Child Counts programme, developed by Edge Hill University.  Expert training enables teaching assistants to deliver it effectively and to strengthen their support for mathematics across the school.

How does it work?

Talk 4 Number comprises 24 sessions, each lasting about 30 minutes.  The sessions help pupils to understand and talk confidently about numbers in a wide range of contexts and to strengthen their reflective and metacognitive skills.

It is delivered to a group of 4 pupils by a trained teaching assistant or teacher, about 3 times a week, for 8 weeks.  It is delivered outside the classroom, in addition to pupils’ daily mathematics lessons.  The teaching assistant is supported by a Link Teacher within the school.

 “Talk 4 Number equips teaching assistants with the strategies to help pupils find their mathematical voice and express their mathematical ideas.”
Willow Tree Primary School, Ealing


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