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Developing Oracy Skills - Harlow College

Principal focus of the project

This project aimed to explore whether developing a learner's ability to critically engage with texts and ideas through dialogic approaches could significantly benefit attainment, retention and progression.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

Inspired by the work of Voice 21, the project selected which oracy strategies and resources could be adapted for a Post-16 setting to support learners who found it challenging to voice opinions or explain ideas. These included the Oracy Framework, Traverse Strategy, and PETER prompt cards, which were piloted with a GCSE English resit group (Hairdressing & Beauty) and a first year A-Level Literature group. The project reported that focussing on developing oracy skills had had a positive impact on TLA, but that strategies would need to be refined, and resources tailored to meet the specific needs of their learners.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name of associate programmes

OTLA 6 (English)


An OTLA project by Harlow College that aimed to investigate how having effective oracy skills can empower, motivate and inspire young people.

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