Our Publications

Through our work we are developing a compelling evidence base and building our understanding of what works to inform educators and influencers in the UK.

State of speaking in our schools

Our 2016 report into the current state of oracy education in schools across the UK.

The Oracy Imperative - Alice Stott & Amy Gaunt

An introduction and practical guide to oracy by Voice 21’s own Alice Stott and Amy Gaunt.

The Oracy Benchmarks

The Oracy Benchmarks outline what constitutes a high quality oracy education.

Speak for Change Inquiry Report

As the secretariat of the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group, Voice 21 supported the Speak for Change Inquiry and final report publication.

Oracy essential reading

A selection of written work showcasing expertise and further evidence for the need for oracy.

EEF Evaluation of Oral Language Interventions

EEF

Evidence of the impact of oral language interventions which add five months progress over the course of a year.

Exploring talk in schools

Edited by Neil Mercer and Steve Hodgkinson (2008)

A great introduction to the theory of classroom talk, with chapters on a broad range of topics including talk in maths and science.

Dialogic teaching in brief

Robin Alexander

Provides background to the dialogic teaching approach used in the EEF trial.

Talking about a generation

Communication Trust

Review of current policy, evidence and practice for speech, language and communication.

Oracy Cambridge Blog

Oracy Cambridge, Cambridge University

Provides lots of quick reads and insights into the impact of oracy on teaching and learning.

Speaking Frankly - The English Speaking Union & Voice 21

A collection of essays on oracy from cross-sector leaders tackling issues from wellbeing to social mobility, debate to thinking skills.

EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit

As part of the most recent version of the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit shows oral language interventions are now ranked joint-second when looking at their impact on student outcomes.

I Can Speaking up for the COVID generation report

Read more from the report which highlights that 1/5 million children are at risk of not being able to speak or understand language at an age appropriate level as a result of the pandemic.

Speaking up: The importance of oracy in teaching and learning

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