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* Half of teachers saychildren start school unable to speak audibly, be understood by others or respond to simple instructions

* The national primary strategy includes a framework for speaking and listening, a feature missing from its forerunner, the national literacy strategy

* Many schools now apply it across the curriculum.One authority is developing speaking and listening primary maths

* 'Jigsaw' is one of the most popular teaching methods. It uses groups of 'expert' children to whom the teacher explains the lesson. They then report back to their home groups

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