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Seven reasons oracy education is vital in your classroom

Following a recent article offering quick wins for the teaching of oracy skills in the secondary classroom, Amy Gaunt looks at seven reasons why oracy education should be at the heart of our curriculum and teaching


Over the past seven years, the charity Voice 21 has been working with UK schools to embed a high-quality oracy education which equips their students with the oracy skills they need for success in school and in life.

Earlier this year, we published our insights and impact report (2023), drawing on survey data from 12,313 staff and 46,636 students in Voice 21 Oracy Schools, as well as findings from the research projects we have led over the last year.

I wrote recently in SecEd offering a range of quick wins for the teaching and development of oracy (Gaunt, 2023) while also taking part in SecEd’s recent podcast episode focused on ideas and advice for the teaching of oracy in the classroom and across the school (2023).

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