Learning to communicate effectively

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FIRST and middle schools in Northumberland are being invited to join others in the region already signed up for the UK’s first national Communication Triathlon.

The project – launched in April this year by Openreach, BT’s local network business, and language and communication experts at children’s charity I CAN – is a series of free, fun events intended to boost speaking and listening skills.

Thinking, talking and teamwork activities with a London 2012 Olympics theme have been devised by a team of communication and education experts and they can be undertaken by a class, a year group or a whole school over the course of a week.

The programme, which is part of the official London 2012 education programme Get Set, is split into ages four to seven and seven to 11-year-olds.

Chris Sayers, BT’s North East Regional Director, said: “Thinking, talking and teamwork are essential skills for children and young people and the Communication Triathlon goes to the heart of what we believe is important.

“Openreach’s engineers are already hard at work building the next generation of super-fast fibre networks which will enable children to use communication skills, via computers, mobile devices and over the phone, to make a success of their lives, but a solid foundation is crucial.”

The range of activities include Sports Bingo, Secret Striker, Memory Relay and a listening assault course.

Pupils are awarded a certificate and even participate in a closing ceremony to celebrate achievement and recognise hard work.

To get a Communication Triathlon pack, go to www.communicationtriathlon.org.uk