Easton CE Academy in central Bristol serves a very diverse community with over 32 languages spoken in the school. As well as a high proportion of children with English as an additional language (EAL), the school has a high proportion of children with speech and language difficulties. Instead of trying to meet the additional needs of these children in groups, the school decided to focus on teaching all students speaking and listening skills.
They looked to become a communication-friendly school, and started to train teachers accordingly. First, they worked with a speech therapy company to train teachers in making lessons and the classroom environment suitable for children with speech and communication needs. A year after this general approach, they started using oracy as a platform.
Teachers quickly saw the benefit of this approach in children’s increased confidence and participation. Watch the video below to discover how Easton CE Academy developed their approach to oracy.
As you watch this clip, whether on your own or with colleagues, you may like to take some time to consider the work being presented, how they’ve achieved this, what they might have done differently and how the ideas might translate to your own practice or wider context.