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Developing Oracy in KS1 and KS2

25 Mar 2024

9:00am - 3:30pm

Vauxhall Primary School
Vauxhall Street
SE11 5LG


"The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically."

DfE, 2013

Oracy is vital to primary literacy and a lever for social mobility. Communication skills are also foundational to reading and writing and must be considered integral to any programme designed to improve literacy in KS1 and KS2. However, "The Covid-19 pandemic has widened the already persistent ‘language gap’ between disadvantaged students and their peers across all ages, highlighting the importance of school-based language interventions". (University of Bristol, 2022)

At this workshop, teachers will explore the evidence base for oracy. They will also develop an understanding of why explicit teaching of speaking and listening should form part of the language and literacy curriculum while also ensuring that it is integrated into wider learning. Finally, attendees will learn strategies for supporting speaking and listening in the classroom.

Attendees will:

  • Explore research, theory and principles of exploratory talk and active listening
  • Explore the role of speaking and listening in academic achievement and social mobility
  • Develop pedagogical strategies, with a focus on book talk
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities involved in developing oracy in our classrooms and across the school
  • Evaluate current provision and practice
  • Gain insights into how to support pupils with additional needs

"The average impact of oral language interventions is approximately an additional six months’ progress over the course of a year. Approaches that focus on speaking, listening and a combination of the two all show positive impacts on attainment."


Training format and cost

Training consists of two separate, complementary sessions, and it is vital that participants engage with both.

  • Part 1: Before the in-person session, you'll receive access to a pre-recorded webinar introducing key concepts.
  • Part 2: An in-person session at Vauxhall Primary School on Monday 25 March from 9.30 - 15.30 allowing for deeper exploration and discussion. Lunch will be provided.

The cost is £195 for a single booking and £150 for additional colleagues. National Literacy Trust premium members receive a £25 discount per-school. If you do have membership, please opt to pay by invoice and the discount will be applied when processing.

Please contact Ruth King via if you require a discount code or if you have any questions.

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