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Concord Junior School

Voice Brigantia

As a Trust, we have begun working with Voice 21 on the ‘Voice Brigantia’ project.  Our intent is to provide a high quality oracy education which empowers students, regardless of their background, to find their voice for success in school and in life.

Through working with Voice 21, we believe this strategic focus on oracy will improve pupils’ attainment, but also more broadly, their independence, ambition and resilience.  In doing so, pupils will become more confident; giving them a voice, the freedom to express their ideas and supporting their wellbeing through articulation of their thoughts and feelings.

Our Academy intent for Oracy:

Why Oracy?

Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.  In school, oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them.

Through a high-quality oracy education, students learn ‘through talk’ and ‘to talk’.  This is when they develop and deepen their subject knowledge and understanding through talk in the classroom, which has been planned, designed, modelled, scaffolded and structured to enable them to learn the skills needed to talk effectively.

The deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of oracy across phases and throughout the curriculum will support children and young people to make progress in the four strands of oracy outlined in the Oracy Framework.

These skills are crucial to children and young people’s success in school and in their life beyond.  It is therefore vital that at Concord, an education in oracy is the responsibility of every teacher and the entitlement of every child.

Impact of Oracy

Increases confidence, empowering students with the belief that their voice has value, developing the ability to articulate thoughts so others will listen

Improves academic outcomes, developing learners who can think critically, reason together and have the vocabulary to express their knowledge and understanding

Fosters wellbeing, supporting students to build successful relationships, talk through issues, express feelings and resolve conflicts

Equips students to thrive in life beyond school helping them to progress, access employment and engage in civic life

Narrows gaps enabling disadvantaged students to fulfil their potential

Promotes social equity leading to a fairer society where everyone, regardless of background, finds their voice for success in school and in life.