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Secondary conferences and events

Secondary Conference 2023 presentation

Why attend our conferences and events?

Our secondary professional development events celebrate best practice and explore the issues most significant to secondary practitioners through a combination of thought-leadership keynote presentations and interactive workshops.

  • Experience high-quality professional development

  • Hear from literacy experts on how to develop young people’s oracy skills

  • Participate in interactive sessions

  • Receive a post-event electronic pack of reading material and resources

Spotlighting oracy in secondary and post-16 education

Join our 2024 campaign to develop oracy skills in secondary and post-16 settings

The ability to speak fluently, articulate ideas, express views with confidence and listen to others is a fundamental skill that not only supports learning, but impacts on employment opportunities, relationships and well-being. The National Literacy Trust recognises that oracy is a fundamental skill for young people. Our 2024 professional development event series shines a spotlight the importance of oracy, and provides inspiring ideas for your practice.

Following on from our March seminar events, our in-person summer conference Talk About Literacy: Why Oracy Matters will take place on Monday 1 July 2024 in Salford.

The event features keynote speakers Neil Mercer, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and Director of Oracy Cambridge, and Joelle Taylor, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry.

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Be part of our campaign to improve students’ literacy for learning

Never has it been more important for young people to have the literacy skills to access the secondary curriculum, do well in their learning across all subjects, and develop the skills they need to be successful and thrive in their life beyond school.

Recognising that literacy is the greatest lever against disadvantage and plays a critical role in wellbeing, our secondary conferences and professional insight events bring together a diverse range of voices from academics, leading practitioners, award-winning authors, and champions from the business sector, all with literacy at the heart of the conversation.

In addition, we offer a range of training courses both as scheduled online events and for school/group bookings to suit your needs.

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