The Speak for Change Parliamentary Inquiry is conducting a wide and inclusive process of evidence gathering to ensure many different agendas and viewpoints relating to oracy education are represented in the final report and recommendations.
In particular we want to hear from teachers and students of all ages about why it is so valuable to develop oracy skills in school, how this can be effectively done and how teachers and schools can be better supported.
There are 3 main ways for teachers and students to submit evidence to the inquiry:
1. Teachers survey
You can also fill out this short survey for teachers to submit your views, and share the link with colleagues. Your quotes and insight may be used in the final report (please state if you wish to remain anonymous, otherwise your quotes may attributed).
2. Student & MP virtual chats
The Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group is setting up short virtual chats between MPs and schools in their constituencies so MPs can listen to the views of students and understand why developing oral communication skills and the confidence to use their voice has never been so important. Their evidence to the Inquiry will be included in the final parliamentary report and will help encourage their MP to champion the importance of oracy education in Parliament. If you are interested in organising a virtual chat with your MP to have your student's voices heard, please contact Gemma Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org and download the school resource for further information.
If you don't want to or can't participate in a virtual chat with your MP, your student's voices can still be heard. We have developed a resource for teachers and schools which features a number of questions to stimulate discussion among students about oracy. Teachers can then nominate a few students to be responsible for directly submitting the evidence to the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group as part via this online survey or as video evidence (see below).
3. Submit video evidence
Alternatively you can film your student's responses to the questions in the schools resource and submit these. We would particularly like to encourage teachers to submit evidence in this way to capture the views of students and importance of oracy, to capture your own professional opinion, or demonstrate a practical aspect that will support the Inquiry's findings.
Specifically, we would invite a submission of audiovisual evidence that:
States the importance of oracy, from a professional or evidence-based position.
Provides a personal insight on oracy.
Provides practice-based evidence such as a classroom demonstration.
Provides examples of students utilising their oracy skills in class.
Provides evidence from a student perspective on why they are speaking up for oracy.
Any digital evidence submitted should be no longer than 2 minutes in length (but you can make more than one submission). If someone is speaking to camera, they need to be clearly visible and audible. Context needs to be provided within the audiovisual submission, regarding its purpose and key messages.