Speak Up – PTSA Secondary Oracy Project

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  • 07/03/2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Speak Up – PTSA Secondary Oracy Project


So much in life depends on our ability to talk cogently about our thoughts and ideas. But, somehow, oracy, the critical skill of communicating orally, has slipped off the school agenda. In spite of the proven and immediate effects it can have on learners’ progress, confidence, wellbeing and future employability, only a very few schools have started making oracy a central part of the curriculum.

At PTSA we are a leader in a nationwide movement to get secondary schools speaking again. We firmly believe not just in the central importance of oracy across all subjects and levels, but in the range of new and exciting, results-based methodologies for teaching it.

Now we have pulled together those approaches into a comprehensive and systematic 9-module course to share with our colleagues across our city. Available this spring, Speaking Up offers fresh, eye-opening ideas and techniques which you can put into action straight away. An opportunity to make oracy the learning priority it deserves to be.

Speaking up, The comprehensive, school-wide key to oracy for secondary teachers.

This programme is fully funded by the Plymouth Secondary Commission and PTSA, each secondary school is entitled to send 3 delegates, including a senior leader responsible for delivering whole school improvement to the launch on March 7th 2022, these colleagues will be the Oracy leads and implementation champions through out the project. PTSA have developed 9 digital modules that are available as self-study to all school staff, these modules are supported by 3 live seminars as well as PTSA Oracy leads on call for bespoke support as you need it.


Phase/Timeline Face to face Self-study Detail Optional Seminar (live and recorded)

End Feb 2022

+ release of Phase 1 Modules 1-3 (self-study)

Oracy Launch – Importance of Oracy and Educational Landscape (1.5 hours)      
Phase 1

Getting pupils Talking


Engagement Window: Spring 2







Live Seminar: w/c March TBC + release of Modules 4-6

  Module 1

The Oracy Framework + Exploring the 4 strands of Oracy (1 hour self-study)

Importance of oracy – studies, research and data

Talk for learning

Whole school drive

4 strands of Oracy – explain and develop

Module 2

Foundational Building Blocks for Oracy

(1 hour self-study)

Starting points

Assessment framework

Whole school considerations

Groups / talk protocols/ discussion rules

Sentence stems

Module 3

Effective task setting and planning (recorded session) (1 hour self-study)

Talk roles

Planning a talk task

    Live seminar

Economist Foundation (Using News through Oracy)

2 hours

Phase 2

Developing the Quality of Talk


Engagement window: Summer April




Mod 6 Face-to-Face w/c 23 May TBC + release of Modules 7-9



Module 4

Planning for whole school impact (2 hour and project action planning) with case study & keynote: James Mannion (Introducing Oracy in a secondary school)

EEF implementation guidance

Support for whole school implementation

Design a whole school implementation project

    Optional seminar to support in school projects.
Module 5

Effective Vocabulary Instruction

(2 hours self-study)

Closing the word gap

Breadth/depth of vocabulary

The explicit teaching of vocabulary

The 3 tiers framework

Module 6

Functional language (1 hour self-study)

Embedding functional language

Subject specific language

Academic language

    Live seminar

Classics for All (Morphology and Etymology) 1 hour

Phase 3

Deepening and embedding the quality of interaction



Engagement window: Summer June

  Module 7

Dialogic and exploratory talk (1.5 hours self-study)

Exploring the cognitive strand

The dialogic teaching framework

7 talk moves

    Live seminar

A case study – Oracy implementation in a Secondary School

Module 8

Deepening exploratory talk (1 hour self-study)

Embedding the talk moves

Developing the 4 strands across the curriculum

Module 9

Retrieval practice and recall (1 hour self-study)

Using talk to embed learning

Activities to support retrieval



      Project submission
Oracy implementation Plan Showcase and celebration event