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Talk the Talk Oracy Workshop

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Expert trainers from Talk The Talk came to John Chilton School on Monday, 27th November 2023 to work with students in Phase 4 and 5.

The Talk About The Future workshop is an expertly led discussion and series of activities to support students to identify their own unique life experiences and skills and then then develop their ability to use oracy to effectively articulate those experiences, skills and employability value.

‘We demonstrate that speaking out should be an experience that we CAN do – and one that is nowhere near as daunting as we might think. One of the keys to the success of the Talk The Talk programme is creating an environment of mutual respect with a supportive ethos so that when students stand up and voice their opinions, share their thoughts and present their ideas – their skills and confidence grow’

Talk The Talk

Talk The Talk’s mission is to develop students’ oracy skills and communication confidence to support positive interaction in all life situations and improved social outcomes.

This workshop was fully funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. We were fortunate enough to be selected as one of the first SEN schools that Talk the Talk has been conducted in their pilot stage of the programme. This programme has been running across the country in mainstream schools for over a decade now.

During the workshop, pupils partook in activities to practise eye contact, be aware of body posture and to learn how to laugh at themselves! It can be daunting to stand in front of others and present about yourself; yet every participant had a chance to stand in front of the group and share about their skills and their experiences. In the exercises, pupils were able to identify several skills they have based on their own personal experiences. These skills included: being on time, accepting responsibility, making goals and coming up with new ideas. It was fascinating to watch the pupils identify and recognise that they have and already use these skills in a variety of settings.

Some of the pupils’ feedback from the session included:

“I found it easy to participate in. I liked meeting the trainer. He was helpful to get me to answer questions and talking about myself.” – Ruby

“He was good and helped me be more confident as a speaker.” – Phase 5 Pupil

“I liked it, my school is good.” – Hope

“It helped me to stand up in front of others.” – Aemon

“He was good. He made me laugh and helped me improve my speaking.” – Phase 5 Pupil

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