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Everyone can have a voice and on World Speech Day in March this year the theme is Reaching Out To Unexpected Voices. This got us thinking about the number of times during Talk The Talk workshops we have seen students surprise their teachers and peers by standing up and...

No. It's the same problem – but someone else knows about it.

Sharing your problems with others out loud makes them real – it puts them out into the world – rather than purely keeping them in your mind and dealing with them on your own.

Just the fact that someone else is...

December 17, 2019

Fairness is a characteristic that we would all like to have mentioned in our obituary. It is surely an attribute to which we all aspire.

So post election, whether our aspirations have been met or not, the make up of the government is not an accurate reflection of the po...

October 9, 2019

“All things are subject to interpretation, - whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power not of truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

When we acquire a language, we acquire more than simply the ability to speak in a particular tongue.  As we learn...

On Wednesday 11th September, I had the privilege of being invited to the launch of ASCL’s The Forgotten Third Commission of Inquiry.

‘The Forgotten Third’ – a term coined by the distinguished educationalist Roy Blatchford - are those students who, after 12 years of comp...

This academic year has been a busy one for oracy.

There is a growing consensus across society, including government, employers, teachers and parents, as to the importance of oracy in education.

A few items of interest:

In February, both Nick Gibb and Damian Hinds advocate...

June 17, 2019

In the state education system, oracy has been recognised as an important and necessary life-skill for students to develop.  It has long been recognised within the private education system, where rhetorical skills have been a foundation of learning and expression since...

When I went to secondary school in the 1990s, the internet was still in its infancy. Mobile phones were the size of a brick and used solely as phones. If I wanted to speak to someone, it was either face to face or on the landline after 6.30p.m as my parents insisted it...

The one thing to date that has concusively emerged from the ongoing Brexit debate is the boosting of the viewing figures for BBC Parliament. These figures have recently been in excess of other channels including MTV.

I have dipped in and out of the channel – mostly when...

On 7th February, Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds promoted the notion that character and resilience are as important as academic achievement.

About time.

He set out a list of five key areas which covered a list of activities – Sport, Creativity, Performing,...

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