The Oracy Hub is pleased to announce that we are working with Marlbrook Teaching School to improve the communication skills and confidence of children in Herefordshire
Oracy is the skill of communicating clearly using spoken language, and over the past 2 years 5 major national academic studies in the UK have emphasised its importance in the wellbeing and life chances of all school children. According to “Life Lessons: Improving essential life skills for young people” – a report by The Sutton Trust in 2017, 88% of young people, 94% of employers and 97% of teachers say that “soft” skills, such as communication and confidence, are as or more important than academic qualifications.
Soft Skills play a crucial part in social mobility and in the “State of the Nation 2017 – Social Mobility in Great Britain” Report by the Social Mobility Commission, Herefordshire ranked 271st out of 324 Local Authority areas. Early intervention, particularly in Primary School, can make a major impact on the life chances of children no matter what their academic abilities.
The Oracy Hub is a Social Enterprise founded in 2017 by Mimi Hughes, a professional communication coach and teacher. It has developed CPD programmes in conjunction with Marlbrook Teaching School, supported by innovative classroom teaching resources. Initially trialled at Kingsland School the resources have already made an impact in Wychavon district, a low social mobility area of Worcestershire; Duncan Hall, a teacher at Droitwich High School said:
“The key messages have worked well for us and the students have certainly taken them up in the way that we hoped they would. The simplicity and clarity of the Speaky material has made a positive difference And so it grows. It has certainly been a positive and productive experience for our students.”
Angela Wilson, CPD Director of the Marlbrook Collaboration, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Mimi Hughes and The Oracy Hub to help our teachers to nurture and develop our children's oracy skills.”
If you are interested in knowing more about The Oracy Hub or attending forthcoming CPD events, please contact Mimi Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Wilson at AWilson@stmartinshereford.onmicrosoft.com