Kick Start Newsletter - January 2015
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Kick Start Enterprise

Resources, links and
news for Winter 2015

Improving outcomes for vulnerable pupils

Talking the talk: developing literacy through speaking and listening.

This edition concentrates on how we can support all learners, including those for whom English is an additional language, to develop speaking and listening skills which will in turn support the development of literacy skills. Read below for articles on ‘Planning for Talk’ and ‘Strategies to Support Talk’. We focus on issues around ‘Developing Reading Skills for Younger EAL Learners’, and we have an excellent article by our consultant Judith Longstreth on  'Developing our own listening skills'. 

We highly recommend the Equality and Human Rights Commission
website which provides information on children’s rights.
Kick Start continues to work with schools to raise the attainment of minority ethnic children and young people, and we offer bespoke training for schools and Early Years settings to help build skills and knowledge in the workforce – whether it is spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of school life, EAL pedagogy, or the achievements of FSM pupils. Full details of opportunities are available at To discuss the training needs of your staff, setting or school, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 0844 8708 132 or email

Kick Start are pleased to announce that we have been awarded accreditation from Investors in People.

"As the director of Kick Start Enterprise, it gives me enormous pleasure and a sense of pride to have a business, which has gained accreditation from Investors in People.

I am particularly proud of every member of team past and present who have all contributed to this wonderful milestone, through their hard work and commitment. I can truly say that we live our values and practice what we preach every day from the time the business was formed in 2005 and we shall continue to do so into the future." 
Joe Constant, Director Kick Start Enterprise
'Your business combines the head and heart. The utter commitment demonstrated by you and your people to the children you wish to help is inspiring.
People are innovative, thoughtful and resourceful in finding ways to make a little go a long way. The commitment is engendered both by the soundness and embeddedness of your core values and also through the ongoing involvement of people in every aspect of the business achievements.'
Extract from our report by the IIP consultant

Developing phonics and reading skills in younger EAL learners

valuable and concise three page resource for all interested in teaching language structure to EAL students. Read the full report here.. (pdf)

Children’s Rights. Creating a fairer Britain.

This link is to the Equality & Human Rights Commission hub on the rights of
young people under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Factsheetsvideos and resources are included to inform on what, and how well the UK Government is doing to protect children’s rights, and how young people can become more involved in making sure that the important issues for young people continue to be heard.

Developing our own listening skills

The main topic for this newsletter is speaking and listening. When teachers first think of these skills they mainly consider how to develop these skills in their pupils, so that they will develop their skills in spoken language, which will then help them develop good literacy skills, which in turn will help them to achieve academically. Judith Longstreth Read full report here.. (pdf)

Talk strategies

“So it’s talk talk talk!”, said a member of staff at an infant school on leaving a Kick Start training course on ‘The development of pupils’ language and vocabulary’. EAL learners need to hear good models of language from peers and adults. They are more likely to make progress in their language development and learning when working alongside peers with similar cognitive ability and greater linguistic proficiency.

“So it’s talk talk talk!”

This report talks about useful strategies that can be employed to help pupils including the use of 'Talk Partners' with links to Education Works and Talk For Writing. Click to read the full report.

Planning for talk

Much of the learning that we do throughout our lives is language based. We read books and articles. We discuss ideas, we listen to explanations, and we talk about problems that we are trying to solve. We look for information on the internet, we scan newspapers and journals and in many other ways use language to develop our knowledge and understanding. 
This excellent piece by one of our consultants explores these issues further and offers practical advice for the classroom. Read the full article here.. (pdf)

Scaffolding Talk: encouraging the use of language conventions for different types of talk (KS3)

Fifteen page document produced by Hampshire County Council with practical examples of approaches that can be taken for KS3 students. Download document

Kick Start training

“Thank you for the wonderful course. I came away feeling really inspired and empowered!”, wrote a recent participant in a Kick Start training course. Read more about how we support education professionals or contact us for a free appointment with one of our consultants.

Primary National Strategy guidance. Speaking, listening, learning: working with children learning EAL.

This NS unit builds on 'Speaking, Listening, Learning: working with children in Key Stages 1 and 2' (DfES 0623-2003 G). Go to link

National Literacy Trust: Bilingualism and English as an Additional language.

"Being bilingual is great and linguistic diversity is something  that should be celebrated, promoted and supported in homes, schools and settings." Go to link

Collaborative Learning Project.

"There is evidence that talk has been neglected in our classrooms and that this has widened the gap in attainment. Talk is good for all learners and vital for children learning a new language while they are learning. Collaborative learning activities scaffold talk and help teachers plan for the language to support thinking. They also allow learners to move from social language to curriculum/academic talk and from there to confident writing." Go to link
The NALDIC website has included the following on funding for EAL pupils which will be of particular interest to senior leaders and those with the responsibility for managing EAL teaching and learning resources in schools. Go to link
Thanks to Dominique Moore of South Gloucestershire's EMTAS for the following items of news: "A recent Guardian Online article explores different approaches to including and teaching pupils new to English." Go to link
"A BBC World Service 'Multilingualism Forum' explores whether it makes a difference to a child’s development if they speak one language at home and another at school." Go to link

British Council EAL website

Kick Start fully endorses this brand new addition to The British Council's website. It focuses on four key areas: learners, parents, teachers and the EAL sector. To preview the site and find out more click here .