No Pens Day Wednesday

Putting spoken language in the spotlight

13th November 2019


The ability to communicate effectively is a key life skill. Good verbal communication is fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions and behaviour, developing friendships and entering employment. However, spoken language has long been underrepresented in the curriculum in comparison to written language skills. 

No Pens Day Wednesday is a national day of speaking and listening activities that takes place in schools and settings across the country. In partnership with The Communication Trust, I CAN will provide resources, advice and guidance for participating schools and settings.

By putting down our pens and shouting out about spoken language, we aim to raise awareness of its importance in education. By taking part, 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 struggle with spoken language and 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. 




Who should take part?

Older students can benefit from the day just as much as young children! Sign up below to access resources for early years settings, primary schools, secondary schools and special schools. 





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