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St Saviour’s Primary School

St Saviour's School

Partners in Building a Future

Oracy - in partnership with Voice 21


Feedback from Voice 21Programme Lead following a visit to our school:

'There is a strong culture of listening across the school. Pupils listen respectfully to each other and all staff have consistent, shared expectations for what constitutes active listening.'

Routines for talk are built in: there is a big focus on active listening across the school
There are high expectations for oracy and this is visible in the whole school culture: assemblies, lunchtime talking points, classroom strategies, playground. Staff say that there is a noticeable difference in pupil confidence and ability to articulate ideas.
Varied of groupings are used (pairs, trios, traverse, and whole class) to support all learners (SEN, EAL and the range of attainment in the school).
All children are included in discussions. Children with specific educational needs are scaffolded and prompted to engage in discussion through stems and adult support. In EYFS, talk tactics have been tailored to ‘talk rubrics’ with corresponding visual aids.
Oracy displays are meaningful in each classroom - focus talk tactics, stems and guidelines for discussion. These are referred to in lessons.
Key (tiered) vocabulary is displayed on the walls and used in discussion.
Across the school, talk tactics and stems are planned for, used and modelled by teachers.  The use of language was consistent between staff and students.
Discussion guidelines and focus talk tactics are referred to by staff to mark and model oracy skills.
Across teaching and support staff, authentic questioning, probing and clarifying are used to extend pupil responses.