KS3 Literacy: Improving Oracy and Communication
Vision: To empower pupils to work positively through a pioneering oracy focused curriculum.
Rationale: What: Pupils will master the physical, emotional, linguistic and cognitive demands of their learning.
How: One hour lesson every fortnight underpinned by the four key oracy strands
Policy and research context
GCSEs in England are being reformed with a new graded scale from 9 – 1
New GCSE content will be more challenging
‘Allows students to critically engage with the barrage of messages and ideas from the media, and to reflect on their own beliefs and why they hold them’ https://www.esu.org/blog/oracy-vital-for-empowering-our-young-citizens (2017: Eliot Pallot)
‘Research shows that when students learn how to use talk to reason together, they become better at reasoning on their own’ http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/why-teach-oracy (2014: Neil Mercer)
‘For the sake of social equality, all schools should teach children the spoken language skills that they need for educational progress, for work and for full participation in democracy’ http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-oracy-and-why-should-every-child-be-taught-it-31817 (2014)
The ability to talk fluently and accurately and express ideas, develops pupils’ confidence, self-esteem and communication skills (Ofsted 2014: School 21).