Language for Thinking for teaching assistants

Tuesday, 25 May '21   9am – 12pm BST
Zoom - Online
9 spaces available
Language for Thinking for teaching assistants

This is an online event.

Joining instructions will be provided after booking.


'Language for Thinking' is one of the most widely used spoken language interventions in UK schools. Developed by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan and published by Routledge/Speechmark. It is popular because it is easy to implement and staff see its impact. It is based on 'Blank' questions which support children's ability to answer more abstract questions such as 'why?' and 'how do you know?' It is particularly suited to those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) including Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Autism.

The aim of this course is to help group facilitators get started with LFT or to get more confidence with the entire approach. even better.

Learning Outcomes
To understand the thinking behind LFT.
To understand how to use LFT.
To know how to support children to get better at answering the questions.
To have experience of scoring assessments.
To be aware of evidence supporting LFT.

This course is aimed at support staff including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and Speech and Language Therapy assistants. Staff who supervise these staff, including SENCOs will find the course useful as well.

Please book online if at all possible. We charge £20 to raise an invoice.


The course will be delivered via Zoom. It is recommended that participants use a laptop, tablet or PC to access the course within a quiet setting. Ideally the worksheets (which will be emailed) should be printed out before the event.

On the day attendees will need access to a copy of the 'Language for Thinking' book. Colour of original black and white are both fine. Books may be ordered from the publisher (or other booksellers):

The course will run 9 to 12 with a short break around 10.30.

To recreate a live experience, this course is not recorded.


One participant
9 available until Sun 23 May 9am
Online event information

Zoom - Online