Oracy Project 22/23

This project uses an Oracy Framework which is focused on the deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of Oracy across the curriculum. VNET will provide support throughout the year via peer to peer engagement and support via a VNET associate.

Why does your school need an Oracy Project?

The National Curriculum places emphasis upon the importance of the spoken word and regards ‘Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.’

The Oracy Project will support teachers to ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. The Alumnis Oracy Framework is focused on the deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of Oracy across the curriculum. Similar to the practice of ‘talk for writing’ the Framework seeks to make firm links between speaking, listening, reading and writing. It has an emphasis on subject specialist language and cultural capital to set them up for both academic and social success.

Project Outcomes

  • Practitioners will become confident in their understanding of Oracy and how it impacts and lifts the quality of learning
  • Practitioners will feel equipped to facilitate the development Oracy within their own settings.

Project Structure

The project will start with a presentation given by Plymouth Marjons University on the research base of the Alumnis Oracy Framework at our conference on Friday 4 November 2022.

This will be followed by four interactive and practical online sessions led by Emily Partridge, primary practitioner at Alumnis Multi Academy Trust.

Session 1

Introduction to Oracy

  • What is oracy?
  • Why does oracy matter?

This session will consider the benefits of a high-quality oracy based curriculum and introduce the four strands of the Oracy Framework. We will also share a few ideas that can be taken straight back to the classroom to start oracy development immediately.

Session 2

Oracy and the Curriculum

  • How do I weave oracy through the curriculum?
  • How do I assess the impact of oracy?

In this session we will discuss how to interweave oracy with the rest of the curriculum, rather than treating it as a ‘bolt on’ addition. We will also look at some examples of how oracy has lifted the quality of learning in a primary setting.

Session 3

Parental Engagement

  • How can we create connections between oracy at home and at school?
  • We will consider how to make oracy approachable and achievable beyond the school gates.

We will also share some simple, fun activities that can be sent home for parents to try with their children.

Session 4

Evaluation, celebration and next steps

  • Success stories 
  • Ideas for the future

For the final session, we will evaluate what has been covered so far and share what we have learnt. We will also consider what we will take forward and how the implementation of oracy will be made manageable yet effective within individual settings.

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Oracy Project

Emily Partridge

Emily is a primary practitioner at Alumnis Multi Academy Trust in Devon. She is School Improvement Lead for Key Stage One across three Alumnis Schools where she also leads English and teaches her very own Year 1/Year 2 class. In addition to teaching, Emily is the Oracy Lead for the Alumnis Multi Academy Trust Oracy Task Team and is the author of the Alumnis Oracy Framework. Emily is also co-lead of the Alumnis Multi Academy Trust Reading Task Team.​


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