How will you know you’re ready?

Our membership supports you to work towards the Oracy Teacher and School Benchmarks. When you’re confident that the school benchmarks are fully embedded across your school, it’s time to consider applying. There’s no set time scale, but we’ve found that schools generally take at least three years to embed a high-quality oracy education.

Why become an Oracy Centre of Excellence?

  • Achieve national recognition for your oracy practice
  • Join our growing community of accredited schools
  • Receive a detailed and personalised accreditation report
  • Display your Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence school plaque
  • Share your success with our publicity pack

    With ongoing membership, you’ll be offered exclusive opportunities within the Oracy Centre of Excellence network, including online network meetings; research and innovation projects; hosting peer open mornings; reciprocal school visits with other accredited schools; and speaking at national events.

    The process is simple and transparent. You’ll complete an online application form, supported by a short impact presentation. It’s designed to celebrate your school’s successes, showcase excellence and signal possible areas for further development.

    If you’re ready to apply, assess yourself against the accreditation criteria, which can be found on the information sheet. We can support you with this self-assessment during your in-school consultancy day during your membership. From September 2023, reach out to your School Relationships Officer to register your interest in becoming a Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence this year.

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