"I speak fluently and with confidence"
Our students learn to be confident, powerful speakers
Young people need to be able to talk in a range of settings and styles, using a wide vocabulary with fluency. Speaking is as important as reading, writing, and maths.
We want our school to prepare students for using spoken language as well as teaching them to be brilliant writers and avid readers. Good oral communication skills are at the top of every employer's list, but in an average lesson in an inner city school, an individual student speaks fewer than four words.
Students don’t just need these skills to get a job, but in their lives today as well, both inside and outside the classroom.
Spoken language enables students to flourish at school
Well-structured and high-quality exploratory talk in the classroom is a highly effective tool for learning – it makes as much difference to students’ progress as setting homework or one-to-one tuition (according to http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/oral-language-interventions/).
We teach students how to work together in pairs, threes and groups and how to structure their conversations so that they become productive explorers of the subject at hand.
Eloquence and wellbeing are at the heart of School 21