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Let’s Get Oldham Talking aims to raise awareness of the importance of spoken language in education and encourage the development of broad communication skills amongst pupils within the learning environment.

The ability to communicate effectively is a key life skill.

Good verbal communication is fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions and behaviour, developing friendships and entering employment. 

The impact of poorly developed speech, language and communication skills in secondary school students often manifests in poor academic performance, bad behaviour and difficulty making friends.

Including a focus on spoken language in the classroom can help to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Let’s Get Oldham Talking wants to engage with schools throughout Oldham to support children and young people to ensure they get the opportunities and support they need and deserve.