Voice 21 Oracy School

This year, as part of a school improvement priority on oracy, we will be a Voice 21 Oracy School. We believe that every young person should leave school able to express their ideas, communicate with confidence and speak eloquently. These vital skills are captured by the word ‘oracy’ which was coined in the 1960s to give spoken language parity with literacy and numeracy. 


Oracy will be woven into all areas of our curriculum as communication is the key to articulating ideas, developing understanding and engaging with others. We want children to be able to express themselves clearly and effectively, valuing their own and others’ contributions. Good oracy skills increase confidence, self- esteem and empathy, develops cognitive ability and success in all areas of school. We want out children to have the oracy skills to thrive in the world they will be living in.

Over the course of the year ahead, all our staff will be involved in high quality training through Voice 21 to develop oracy in our school. 

Our Voice 21 School Lead is: Mr Peter Smith  

Our voice 21 Oracy Champion is Miss Melanie Hirst