No Pens Day Wednesday

Putting speaking and understanding skills in the spotlight

24th November 2021


No Pens Day Wednesday is an annual day dedicated to speaking and understanding language that takes place in schools, colleges and early years settings across the country.

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Speaking and understanding skills are fundamental for everything we do – learning, reading and writing, managing emotions, developing friendships and entering employment. However, speaking and understanding skills are underrepresented in the curriculum in comparison to reading and writing. 

I CAN provides resources, advice and guidance for participating schools and settings so they can get the most out of the day.

By putting down your pens and shouting out about speaking and understanding skills, you can:

  • Develop pupils’ speaking and understanding skills
  • Develop staff’s understanding of speaking and understanding skills and embed them 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 speaking and understanding skills

Taking part is beneficial for all ages, from early years to college students! Sign up below to take part, download our resources and receive updates when new ones become available.

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Taking your focus on speaking and understanding language further

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


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