Public Speaking in the KS2 Curriculum
A twilight CPD session incorporating resources from The Oracy Hub

Session Leader: Mimi Hughes BSc Hons (Psych), LGSMD (PbSpk)

Aims of the Session:

  • To develop techniques in teaching KS2 pupils to "Speak Up and Speak Out", articulately and confidently, whatever the context.

  • To see how a Spoken Language Skills lesson could be run by participation in an example lesson.

  • To provide a forum for questions and discussion with peers and the Session Leader.

Session Outline

Introduction & Facilitated Discussion

  • A brief flipchart discussion: what do we give children by teaching them speaking skills in general and why now?

  • Current attitudes and thinking in educational and corporate arenas. 

A Spoken Language Skills Lesson

  • Delegates will work through an example Spoken Language Skills lesson, covering fundamental ‘soft’ skills for speaking confidently. 

  • Delegates will be introduced to techniques to calm pupils' nerves.

  • Delegates will be invited to take part in the activities suggested in the lesson to illustrate teaching points, gaining feedback for themselves and also insights into challenges and thinking arising from the Session Leader’s experience both in school and the corporate world.

Further Activities 

According to time, participants will be asked if there are any activities they would like to practise for themselves, gaining feedback from the Session Leader and discussion with peers.


A brief group discussion to close covering:


  • Outstanding questions and thoughts from the group. 

  • Feedback on Twilight Session content and thoughts for future sessions.

5.45pm Close
Mimi Hughes is a Professional Communication Coach, holding a teaching certificate in Public Speaking & Communication from the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama. For over twenty years she has been training senior executives in FTSE 100 companies, to speak persuasively in business contexts. Since 2014 she has also been working with school children, training them to present ideas, discuss and debate, and coaching entries to the Public Speaking and Poetry Recital competitions at the Hereford Festival of Performing Arts.