Hopes high for pioneering oracy project

FAIRFIELD High School is taking part in the Oracy Project, which aspires to challenge and transform the listening and speaking habits of students throughout the school.

The hope is that encouraging young people to be empathetic, confident and mindful will have wide ranging effects not just inside the classroom, but in every walk of life.

The Oracy Project focuses on individuals’ body language, voice projection, tone and use of language to communicate. It also concentrates on social awareness of others including listening to and considering different opinions. 

Three Oracy Champions at Fairfield, representing humanities and languages, have so far attended development days, with a visit from Voice 21, the company supporting this initiative, on the horizon before a trial begins in the school. 

Sharon Barnes, Oracy lead and assistant director for modern foreign languages at Fairfield, said:  “Within the classroom, I’ve seen first-hand the project’s effectiveness for group tasks.”