No Pens Day Wednesday

Putting spoken language in the spotlight

25th November 2020


No Pens Day Wednesday is an annual day of speaking and listening activities that takes place in schools and education settings across the country.

The event raises awareness of communication as a key life skill. Verbal communication skills (sometimes called oracy) are fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions, developing friendships and entering employment. However, spoken language is underrepresented in the curriculum in comparison to written language skills. 

Launched by The Communication Trust in 2009, I CAN now provides resources, advice and guidance for participating schools and settings.

By putting down your pens and shouting out about spoken language, you can:

  • Develop pupils’ spoken language skills
  • Develop staff’s understanding of spoken language and embed it into your curriculum
  • Try out new teaching approaches and engage pupils in exciting pens-free activities
  • Identify pupils who need additional support to develop their speech, language and communication skills

Find out more and start planning your day by downloading our introductory pack below. For full resources, sign up to take part. 




Sign up to take part

Taking part is beneficial for all ages, from early years to college students! Sign up below to access our resources for different education settings. 



Supporting SEND on No Pens Day

Many children with special educational needs and disabilities also have speech, language and communication needs. The event can be a great way to identify and support these pupils. 



Taking spoken language further

No Pens Day Wednesday is just one day of the year, but we encourage you to keep developing spoken language skills by using our guidance and resources. 


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