P4C & Oracy in Stoke, Staffordshire and Cheshire

P4C leaders and pupils at Summerbank Primary Academy in Stoke-on-Trent

The 21st Century Learners Oracy Hub has been established in partnership with Southstar Education and Training to build on the existing good practice of schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire by enabling access to high quality professional development from nationally recognised providers. We hope that by working together we will be able to minimise costs to individual schools and provide more ambitious professional development programmes than might otherwise be manageable.

The hub is able to offer comprehensive support for the development of oracy practice. You can read our latest newsletter here and see a list of all courses currently planned for 23/24 here.

Our programme of training and support is provided in partnership with:

SAPERE – the charity largely responsible for Philosophy for Children (P4C) practice in the UK
Dialogue Works (run by Roger Sutcliffe and offering training in Thinking Moves A-Z – metacognition made simple)
Oracy Cambridge (run by Professor Neil Mercer and a leading provider of oracy training across the UK and internationally)

Here are more details of the support available:

Full support for the SAPERE P4C training pathway and School Award Schemes including:

  • Regular Level 1 (Foundation) training*
  • Annual Level 2 (Advanced) training*
  • A Pupil Leaders course (direct delivery to your pupils – see this page for more details)
  • In-school P4C support days, including support with school award applications
  • An online P4C Practitioners’ Network

Find out more about P4C

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Thinking Moves A-Z in association with Dialogue Works

  • Taster sessions
  • Annual Thinking Moves (metacognition made simple) training*
  • In-school support days

Find out more about Thinking Moves A-Z (metacognition made simple)

Oracy / Dialogic Teaching and Learning in association with Oracy Cambridge

Oracy Cambridge provides bespoke, evidence-based training and consultancy packages for schools in the UK and internationally. The Oracy Cambridge team (which includes Neil Mercer, James Mannion and Alan Howe) has experience and expertise in a range of areas, including:

Embedding oracy across the curriculum; Leadership of oracy; Assessing oracy; Developing a culture of exploratory talk; Teaching listening; Dialogic teaching and learning; Supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Broadly speaking, Oracy Cambridge work with schools on three levels:

  • One-off sessions – keynotes, twilights and INSET days
  • Mid-level – working with a group of teachers over the course of a year or two – usually middle leaders or oracy leaders
  • High level – working with local authorities and multi-academy trusts to implement large-scale strategic reform
Oracy Cambridge

*All training is available as INSET

Contact Neil@21stcenturylearners.org.uk to find out more and to get involved.


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