Oracy across the curriculum
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Should oracy be given the same status as literacy and numeracy?
How do oracy skills support learning across the curriculum?
This event is designed for teachers and provides an opportunity to learn more about oracy across the curriculum. Teachers in all sectors, and of all subjects, are warmly invited to attend.
Speakers will include practising teachers who have implemented whole school approaches to oracy. They will share details of the triumphs and tribulations they encountered during the process, and will offer recommendations to others who are starting out. Representatives from the English Speaking Union, the Communication Trust and Debate Mate will explain how these organisations can help teachers to enrich the quality of communication across all subjects in schools. Findings from academic research on oracy in the classroom will be shared by Oracy@Cambridge. It is hoped that the opportunity to meet and converse with others will help teachers to develop a professional network for future support and collaboration.
10am Arrival, tea and coffee
10.30am Welcome and introduction
10.40 – 11.10am Talking to learn – how do oracy skills support learning across and beyond the curriculum?
Neil Mercer (Oracy@Cam) – Oracy – what does the research say?
Arlene Holmes-Henderson (University of Oxford) – Oracy, rhetoric and critical skills
Lewis Iwu (Fair Education Alliance) – Oracy and social mobility
11.10-11.30am Discussion groups and feedback
11.30 – 11.45am - Tea and coffee
11.45-12.15pm Speech and debate in schools: dispelling myths
Duncan Partridge, Leela Koenig and Suzanne Ensom (English Speaking Union) – ‘Speaking frankly’ and the educational value of debating
Enayah Byramjee and Seun Iyaniwura (Debate Mate) – Getting teachers and students involved with debating
Theresa Redmond (The Communication Trust) – Lessons learned from the ‘Talk of the town’ initiative
12.15-12.30pm Discussion groups and feedback
12.30-1pm Richard Mullender (Mullender's, ex-Scotland Yard) - The Art of Listening
Top 5 tips for boosting young people’s listening skills from an ex-hostage negotiator
1-1.40pm Buffet lunch and time for networking
1.45 – 2.15pm Simon Lancaster (Bespoke Speeches) - Six tricks from a professional speechwriter to turn today’s schoolchildren into tomorrow’s leaders
2.15-2.45pm Should oracy be given the same status as literacy and numeracy? 3 possible models for promoting oracy in schools
Andrew Fitch (Highbury Grove School) - The Highbury Grove rhetoric roadmap
Beccy Earnshaw (Voice 21) – Building a whole-school speaking culture
James Mannion (Oracy@Cam) – Learning to learn: closing the pupil premium gap through oracy
2.45-3pm Tea and coffee
3-3.25pm Follow-up discussion in tables – opportunity for attendees to meet speakers and converse
3.25-3.50pm Roundtable discussion and identification of future priorities
3.50-4pm Closing remarks
A contribution towards travel costs may be available to state school teachers attending the event. Teachers should arrange and pay for standard class travel to London then apply afterwards for subvention of these costs. Funds for travel bursaries are limited, so the amount available to each teacher cannot be confirmed until the total number of applicants is known.