TALK Derby

Support, training and inspiration - helping Derby's young
children to develop the speech, language and communication
skills they need for a happy and successful life.


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About TALK Derby

Every child deserves to have the best opportunities in life.

For this to happen, children need to grow their ability to communicate in their earliest years and throughout childhood and adolescence. Speech and language are the building blocks for learning.

This is what TALK Derby is about - developing adults’ skills and knowledge to support our youngest children, and across all age groups.

The project aims to raise awareness of the importance of speech, language and communication development in children and young people, and provides practical support for it.

TALK Derby is funded by the Department for Education until August 2020 as part of the national Opportunity Area programme. We’re supported by Derby City Council, the Derby Opportunity Area and a wide range of other partners.

Derby is as an Opportunity Area because local children from disadvantaged backgrounds have less chance of doing well at school and getting a good job. The city is 316th in the Social Mobility Commission’s Index of 324 local authority areas.

TALK Derby is for everyone who wants to see our city's children succeed. Show your support by making the TALK Derby pledge today.

Our children’s futures are in our hands – let’s TALK Derby!

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Download the TALK Derby leaflet here.

Derby opportunity area

For practitioners

We provide free support and training to schools, childminders, children’s centres and other early years settings in Derby, focussing on some of city’s most disadvantaged wards.

140 people who work with children in these areas are being recruited as “Champions” to drive the project forward - one for each of the settings shown on this map. 

TALK Derby Champion locations

You can sign up to be a TALK Derby Champion here.

For parents and carers

The most important learning environment for young (and older) children is their home. By spending more time talking and listening to children, we can help them with their learning, education and opportunities into adulthood.

We can all make a difference.

Find out more and explore a whole host of useful materials below:

For businesses and partners

TALK Derby has the potential to make a meaningful difference to the life chances of thousands of Derby children – including their ability to succeed in the workplace. You can help us by promoting the project and the TALK Derby pledge to your colleagues and contacts, and by following us on social media.


Contact us if you're interested in getting even more involved - such as through volunteering or sponsorship - or email us directly at [email protected].

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