I CAN responds to oracy inquiry

Members of the oracy APPG are concerned that oracy is being undervalued and overlooked within state education, denying the majority of children and young people the opportunity to develop these vital skills and hampering social mobility, educational achievement, wellbeing and future employability.

Their inquiry is investigating the current provision of oracy education in the UK, assess the value and impact of oracy education and identify the barriers to children accessing and receiving quality oracy education.

In I CAN’s response we highlight that spoken language is closely linked with learning, memory and knowledge acquisition. It’s also the foundation of social and emotional development, and key to improving life chances. With such a crucial role it should be integrated into existing curriculum, policy, guidance and processes and not seen as separate.

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