Why Teach Oracy?
Oracy is the ability to express ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.
- Incredibly beneficial to all children
- When you help a child to find their voice, you’re giving them self-belief, social validation, increased life chances and confidence (Hughes, 2019)
- Develops pupils’ character so that they are ready for next phase of education, training or employment
- Oracy helps to develop a range of skills such as relationship building, coping with stressors, respond to set backs, motivation, resilience, confidence, social skills, self-esteem and listening.
- 94% of employers thought these skills to be as important as academic skills (‘Life Lessons’- The Sutton Trust Oct 2017)
- Extroversion, self-esteem and positive outlook are the most important personality traits for success (‘A Winning Personality’, The Sutton Trust Jan 2016)
- On entry to school, disadvantaged children’s spoken language development is lower than their more advantaged peers
- These gaps grow as children move through school. Widening from just a few months at age six, to five years’ difference by the age of 14
- On leaving school, children with poor verbal communication skills are less likely to find employment and more likely to suffer from mental health difficulties
(Voice 21, 2020)