• Oracy is more than a tool for teaching knowledge

    If we want a cohesive society, we must make sure that oracy’s power for bringing people together is not sidelined, says Kate Bowen-Viner When I was 18, I helped to facilitate debating sessions in a juvenile detention centre for boys. By listening, I learned about injustices and heartbreaks that they had suffered, as well as

    5.00 Mar. 9th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Gibb calls for more attention on 'oracy' in knowledge-rich curriculum

    The schools minister wants oracy to receive more attention from schools with knowledge-rich curricula, alongside the more traditional “three Rs”. Nick Gibb said that “while there has been great public attention” on reading, writing and arithmetic, “little attention has been paid to the important role of oracy”. Speaking to the Parents and Teachers for Excellence

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Without a foundation in fact, oracy isn’t sufficient

    Of course pupils need to learn to express themselves, says John Blake, but the fact is that without a firm basis in knowledge, their rhetoric will fall flat There are not many people who think literacy and numeracy are inessential objectives of our children’s education, even if there is far less agreement about how best

    5.00 May. 20th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Strict traditional teaching methods are 'pushing oracy out', says MP

    Traditionalist “chalk and talk” pedagogy is pushing oracy skills out of the curriculum to the detriment of poorer pupils, according to an MP who was once a primary teacher. Emma Hardy (pictured), Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, said that schools favouring Victorian-style teaching methods in which pupils are “seen and not heard” is

    7.00 Jan. 21st, 2018 | News