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St Michael's CofE Primary School

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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)

Oracy Framework

Activities for Home

Oracy Question of the Week

Is a toy that no one has ever played with still a toy?


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