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Secondary oracy CPD event: Finding Your Voice

Secondary Conference 2023 presentation

15 Mar 2024

9:30am - 3:15pm

Liverpool Central Library
William Brown St
L3 8EW
Ticket price £135

This event has now finished. Find out more about our training and workshops, and secondary CPD courses for practitioners.

What you can expect from this event

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore and try out practical strategies to build students’ confidence and skills to use talk for learning in all subjects
  • Hear from the Liverpool Literacy Cycle – our event partner - on ways to use talk to develop student voice
  • Participate in a workshop with acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden - aka Polarbear - on how to use storytelling to foster creativity and a sense of identity  

Programme of events

Morning session

Developing Talk for Learning in the Secondary Classroom

Afternoon sessions

Putting student voice at the heart of reading for pleasure - Liverpool Learning Partnership

The Power of the Spoken Word - Steven Camden

Listen in, listen out - Ali Harwood

Please note: this event took place in March 2024 and is no longer open for booking


Developing Talk for Learning in the Secondary Classroom

Designed to facilitate interactive learning, this session explores the role of talk as a tool for learning and promotes different ways of implementing exploratory talk activities in the classroom. Participants will:

  • Engage with evidence from research to consider effective approaches for speaking and listening in curriculum subjects
  • Review the role and purpose of oracy in schools and reflect on different types of talk
  • Explore pedagogical strategies to help students talk dialogically with confidence and skill
  • Evaluate their own provision and practice
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Putting student voice at the heart of reading for pleasure

Jenny Holder is the Reading Coordinator and Communications Manager at Liverpool Learning Partnership. Her role focuses on supporting Liverpool schools to embed and develop Reading for Pleasure within their offer. She won the 2021 Community Reading Champion prize at the Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teachers Awards for her work in encouraging reading during the Covid pandemic.

Jenny’s session will share Liverpool Learning Partnership’s journey in using student voice to guide their work on reading for pleasure and diversity. She will consider models of participation and how they can be used to ensure pupil voice is at the heart of reading for pleasure initiatives.

Steven Camden

The Power of the Spoken Word

Steven Camden - aka Polarbear - is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, award-winning author, poet and storyteller. He writes novels, plays, screenplays and poems celebrating his mixed heritage, placing his participatory practise and use of story in educational and community settings to celebrate imagination at the core of all his work.

Steven’s workshop will explore a range of techniques to develop an inclusive and creative classroom to fire enthusiasm for storytelling that draws on students’ own life experience.

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Listen in, listen out

Ali Harwood is an artist, poet, writer, teacher and Liverpool City Region Creative Artist/Creative of the Year 2023. He is a former primary school deputy head with over twenty years of classroom experience and continues to tutor young people aged 5-16 in English, Maths and Art. He has recently worked with organisations including The Reading Agency, The World Reimagined, Savera UK Youth, Liverpool Children In Care Council, Liverpool Virtual School and Liverpool Fostering.

In this session some of the young people Ali works with will showcase their work and explain the importance of finding your voice.

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In partnership with the Liverpool Literacy Cycle

This event is in collaboration with the Liverpool Literacy Cycle. Initiated by Liverpool Councillor, Barbara Murray, the Liverpool Literacy Cycle was launched in January 2020 and includes a diverse range of organisations and individuals working together to support literacy across the Liverpool City Region.