What is oracy?

Oracy is our ability to communicate effectively using spoken language.


Oracy is to speech what literacy is to writing and numeracy is to maths. It is the ability to express yourself effectively - to speak eloquently, articulate ideas and thoughts, influence through talking, listen to others and have the confidence to express your views. These are all fundamental skills that support success in both learning and life beyond school.

Oracy Timeline


State of speaking in our schools (2016) Will Millard and Loic Menzies, LKMCo

This report provides analysis of evidence from over 900 teachers into how speaking and listening is currently taught and what barriers exist that prevent all schools from prioritising teaching these skills.

Speaking Frankly (2016) The English Speaking Union and Voice 21

This selection of essays explores the breadth of positive impact that oracy can have on students academic outcomes, wellbeing and future employment. 

Talking about a Generation (2018) The Communications Trust

An overview of the current policy landscape of the provision of communication teaching and skill development in children and young people, especially those who struggle to communicate.


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