Oracy as a Key to Success




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Can all your children talk the talk? Do you want to close the language gap?

At the Sussex Maths Hub we are passionate about research, development and innovation that supports teachers in schools and improves outcomes for pupils. This year we are looking to recruit colleagues across Sussex to join key members of the primary leadership team to delve deeper into the subject of oracy as we believe it is the key to success for children and young people. Voice 21 states:

“Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. In school, oracy is a powerful tool for learning: by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them.”

This new innovation workgroup will build on previous project work undertaken by the Sussex Maths Hub on areas such as Stems, Generalisations & Definition. We want to engage with colleagues who recognise oracy development as a need in their schools and who are keen to develop whole school practices and pedagogy to close the ‘language gap’ for pupils, including those who may be disadvantaged or have been adversely affected by the loss of learning and development opportunities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Marc Rowland writes in his book, Addressing Educational Disadvantage: “Every moment in school needs to be a language development and comprehension moment.” We envisage this innovation work to have far reaching impact beyond mathematics and to have an impact on the culture of teaching and learning across schools.

If you would like to join Miriam Rhine, Sarah Sipula, Emma Gale & Jenny Stratton to embark on this exciting project that will have a direct impact on your classroom, your school and your pupils, then please check you can make the dates below and you are willing to engage in reading and activity in school between sessions. This is very much a collaborative project and your input will be instrumental to the success of the research group. We would like to share learning, actions and outcomes from this project with all schools across Sussex and beyond in due course. There is also a national dimension to this innovative work as parallel research groups will be taking place in other maths hub around the UK. Opportunities to learn from one another will be built in to the project.

Dates of Sessions (all taking place via video link)

• Thursday 3rd March 3:30pm-5pm LAUNCH SESSION (HTs/SLT invited to join us)

• Tuesday 29th March 3:30pm-5pm Session 2

• Tuesday 3rd May 3:30pm-5pm Session 3

• Tuesday 14th June 3:30pm-5pm Session 4 (HTs/SLT invited to join us)


We are looking to recruit 12 schools and ideally two colleagues should sign up to work together on this. (In small schools we appreciate that this may not always be possible.)

Although all the sessions take place outside of the school day, please do discuss this project with your Head, as it is crucial that senior leaders in your school support you with this project and its aims and ambitions.