Subject Team Leaders have planned and embedded opportunities for students to take part in structured oracy tasks as part of their curriculum. These include extended discussions, debates and public speaking tasks. For example:
- Students in year 8 hold a full debate on why women were awarded the right to vote in 1918 in place of an extended essay;
- Students throughout key stages 3, 4 and 5 are encouraged to present and discuss their work in Art;
- Students in Drama regularly prepare and perform oral pieces as part of group performances or monologues.
Outside of the classroom, the school signs up to a number of national competitions aimed to promote effective oracy for young people, such as the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ challenge, Voice 21 debates, and the English-Speaking Union competitions for debate, public speaking and Shakespeare performances. Debate club runs for KS3 and 5 students as part of their weekly curriculum of enrichment.
Students also regularly have the opportunity to take part in student council elections, and lead student assemblies (e.g. Black History Month, Winter festivals etc.) for which they receive mentoring and guidance. KS5 students receive interview skills through Employability enrichment, including oracy and communication at interview.