Oracy within the Curriculum in Secondary Schools


One-day workshop focusing on oracy in Secondary Schools

We know that students can be held back at secondary level by poor literacy in all subjects. In order for teachers to prevent this they need to be 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 three-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.

  • Understand the importance of oracy as the basis for all literacy development

    Explore the role of speaking and listening in academic achievement and social mobility. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have identified oral language interventions as one of the most promising literacy approaches to emerge from research.

  • Develop new teaching strategies

    Participants will explore approaches to improve oracy skills, including speaking for writing and active listening. There will be a particular focus on literacy in secondary subjects other than English.

  • Evaluate your current provision and tailor the course of action to your needs

    Review your current practice in order to identify any key areas for development. Select and trial strategies designed to improve your specific focus area.

  • Create an environment of collaborative study, professional dialogue and critical reflection

    Participants will learn from each other, share practice and examine different approaches and challenges. We encourage the group to take what they have learned back into their school and trial approaches and see what works best for them.

Workshop structure


The workshop takes place over one day.

  • Explore speaking and listening research and theory
  • Oracy strategies for higher order talk
  • From talk to writing: introduction to the register continuum
  • Review and trial strategies to develop students' oracy skills in subjects
  • Reviewing subject areas with a focus on speaking and listening

Training availability

Owing to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, delivery of face-to-face training has been suspended. Please explore our online training opportunities. If you have a specific query about our face-to-face Oracy within the Curriculum course email Marlene Vasquez-Cain.

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.