Arundel CofE Primary School

Oracy @ ACE

Arundel CE Primary is proud be a Voice 21 Oracy School.  We have undertaken training with Voice 21 to develop classroom practice in Oracy across the school.


Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.  Children need to learn to talk in order to be able to learn through talk.


At ACE, oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching children to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them.  It is also a route to social mobility, empowering all pupils, not just some, to find their voice to success in school and life.


  • Through Oracy our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
  • Through Oracy our children know more, remember more and do more.
  • Through Oracy our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
  • Through Oracy our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.


Why does a high-quality oracy education matter?


Spoken language skills are one of the strongest predictors of a child’s future life chances but too many children are not given the opportunity to develop these crucial skills.

On entry to school, disadvantaged children’s spoken language development is significantly lower than their more advantaged peers.  These gaps grow as children move through school, widening from just a few months aged six, to five years’ difference by the age of 14.

On leaving school, children with poor verbal communication skills are less likely to find employment and more likely to suffer from mental health difficulties.


All teachers at Arundel CE Primary School are oracy teachers. There is an understanding across all subject areas of how talk aids teaching, analysis and higher order thinking.