We have embedded Talk Partners across the curriculum in the following ways:
- All staff and governors have been demonstrated the ‘talk partners’ concept, to enable them to fully engage with the process;
- Talk partners are established randomly, for example by names on cards being drawn. This enables pupils to grow in confidence with members of the class in a protected environment;
- Pupils swap ‘talk partners’ weekly. This enables learning partnerships to have time to develop, but ensures that where partnerships are less successful or more challenging for pupils to manage, it is for a short period only;
- Teachers instruct pupils formally in the method of how to be a good talk partner. Reception pupils are instructed to turn to face each other, turn taking is formalised initially and then, as pupils develop, the discussion or talk is less formally instructed;
- Teachers may pose a question, set a quick timeline for discussion, and then, using the lollypop sticks, select a name at random to answer a question. During the discussion, pupils will often use small ‘whiteboards’ to support their learning, for example to solve a problem in maths.