Teaching for the 21st Century: Oracy lessons

Teaching students how to take turns and talk, express opinions and ideas politely, challenge ideas, public speaking and other speaking activities are vital for communicating effectively  in life and the development of social skills. They are skills  which are as important as literacy and numeracy, especially in this digital age where conversation can often be lacking in favour of social networking or texting.  Peter Hyman, School 21 cofounder and executive head teacher, supports this move and says, “We need to elevate speaking to the same level as reading and writing.”