Last week I became Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Oracy so that I can continue to champion the value of speaking and listening in schools.
A growing body of evidence shows that a lack of effective oral communication skills hampers social mobility and young people’s job prospects and that effective teaching of oracy can help to close the disadvantage gap and to encourage young people to become active citizens.
New research suggests that children who have poor language and communication skills at age five are six times less likely to reach the expected standard in English at age 11 and twice as likely to be unemployed aged 34.
Whilst the majority of teachers recognise the critical importance of the spoken word to children and young people, only a minority of state-funded schools consistently or deliberately teach these vital skills.
We must do more to support children and young people in Mansfield and Warsop to develop these skills. I’m really pleased that I’ve joined the Oracy group. Education is my passion and communication skills are such an important part of learning.