Voice 21 is a national charity that exists to enable teachers and schools to provide a high quality oracy education so that all young people can find their voice for success in school and life.

We achieve this by delivering teacher development and school improvement programmes, promoting the impact of oracy on student outcomes and building a movement for change . Every year we work with thousands of teachers and hundreds of schools across the UK.

Watch or read about our story below to find out more.

Our Story

Since our launch in 2015, have grown from an innovative approach to oracy teaching
and learning in one school, to working with over 7,500 teachers across the UK.

Voice 21 was launched in 2015, informed by innovative practice developed in School 21, as well as research conducted with Cambridge University and the Education Endowment Fund. We began by leading an Education Endowment Fund pilot to assess the promise of School 21’s oracy curriculum with 11 schools.

In 2016 we commissioned The State of Speaking in Our Schools – which uncovered the need for resources and professional development for oracy in the UK.

In 2017 we launched our National Oracy Leaders Programme, with support from Oracy Cambridge. Since then we have established four further programmes and work with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers each year.

We have also campaigned for the value of oracy education. We convene the Oracy Network, bringing together organisations that support children and young people to find their voice and support the Oracy All Party Parliamentary Group established in 2018.

© 2020 Voice 21. Voice 21 is a registered charity in England and Wales. Charity number 1152672 | Company no. 08165798