Oracy within the Curriculum in Secondary Schools


1-day workshop focussing on oracy in secondary schools

We know that students are often held back at secondary level by poor literacy, in all subjects, and in order for teachers to prevent this they need to trained across departments. Oracy is a key component of this and our 1-day workshop introduces participants to a range of strategies to improve speaking and listening in their subject.

The course also includes an introduction to the principles of literacy across the curriculum, which is expanded on in our 3-day CPD

We invite teachers from different subjects to attend this course, along with literacy leaders. 

About the course

This 1-day workshop will help you develop an understanding of oracy as a key component of literacy, particularly as a mechanism to improve reading and writing. 

  • Develop new strategies

    Participants will explore approaches including talk for writing and active listening, with a particular focus on literacy in other subjects. 

  • Evaluate your current provision

    Resources include a personal audit so you can identify your areas for priority

  • Understand the importance of oracy

    Sessions include an exploration in the role of speaking and listening in academic achievement and social mobility

  • Collaborate with colleagues

    We bring together delegates from different schools and backgrounds so you can share best practice and learn from colleagues

Find out more


  • 175 for the first participant per school and £125 for every colleague you bring
  • Price includes a £25 discount on a year's full membership of the National Literacy Trust
  • Existing full members receive a £25 discount per school

Express an interest

Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a free place on the course and a discount on additional places. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school. Email schools@literacytrust.org.uk to find our more. 

CPD writing

Related resources

Here are our other resources to help you develop oracy in your school.

Strategic School Improvement Fund

Applications are now open for the third round of DfE funding that can help groups of schools develop targeted literacy provision to improve school performance and pupil attainment. Find out how we can help as a provider of CPD and other expert support.