No Pens Day Wednesday

Putting spoken language in the spotlight

24th November 2021


No Pens Day Wednesday is an annual day of spoken language activities that takes place in schools, colleges and early years settings across the country.

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Spoken language 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 reading and writing. 

I CAN 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

Taking part is beneficial for all ages, from early years to college students! Sign up below to take part and receive updates of when resources are available.

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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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