Voice 21 and NTCA announce Voice North of Tyne

Voice 21 are proud to be partnering with North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) to launch the UK’s largest fully-funded oracy programme for a group of schools. 

‘Voice North of Tyne will comprise of  100 primary and secondary schools in the North of Tyne. An estimated 21,000 students stand to benefit from the deliberate and explicit teaching of spoken language (oracy) skills across the region. According to the Department for Education, over a third of all pupils entering reception across NTCA started primary school this September below age-related expectations in early language and communication. These children are more than twice as likely to come from lower-income backgrounds. 

Voice North of Tyne will increase access to high-quality oracy education for all children across the North of Tyne, equipping them with the oracy skills they need for success in school and in life. 

About The Voice North of Tyne programme

With 100 schools set to become Voice 21 Oracy Schools, teachers and leaders across the North of Tyne Combined Authority  will receive high-quality professional development and support from Voice 21 to equip them with the knowledge and skills to embed oracy into their classrooms, curricula and wider school life.  The work will be focused largely in schools in areas of high deprivation and those schools experiencing poor transport links in order to ensure that no student is prevented from developing the oracy skills they need to thrive both in school and beyond.

Each school will join our growing national network of over 1000+ schools across the UK who are eager to share their expertise across different schooling contexts. They will also join local oracy hubs where nearby schools can collaborate and share best practice

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