Focus on Oracy
Year 7s have been writing and performing poetry as part of Morpeth School’s focus on oracy - the ability to communicate effectively using spoken language.
Oracy is at the heart of the school's curriculum. The purpose is to build confidence, articulacy and improve students' reading and writing skills.
Through debate, discussion and developing ideas, pupils are stretched and challenged to come up with their own opinions and to make shared decisions.
Research shows that children with good communication skills are four times more likely to get five A* - C (grades 9 – 4) GCSEs, and that employers rank oral communication as the number one employability skill.
All of Morpeth's Year 7s have oracy lessons once every two weeks where they learn how to think clearly, to probe and discuss issues, and to speak in public.