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Arnold Hill Students Are Guest Speakers at National Teaching Conference

Six of our Year 7 students were recently asked to speak at a national teaching conference about a pioneering literacy project the Academy is trialling.

The students along with Emily Dalton, Assistant Head Teacher and Kayleigh Sanghera, Lead Literacy Teacher delivered a presentation to literacy experts and English teachers from around the country at the National Association of Teaching English (NATE) annual conference, hosted by the University of Nottingham on 23rd June.

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The project, which the school developed in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, is exploring ways of teaching oracy and listening skills outside of regular English lessons. This was set up through a training course delivered by the National Literacy Trust based around Language and Literacy within the Curriculum.

Following a teacher training session with the National Literacy Trust, Arnold Hill came up with the idea of developing students’ speaking skills through the study of British Values.

Assistant Head Emily Dalton explained: “We timetabled an hour a week for Years 7 and 8 to work specifically on skills such as debating and arguing a point succinctly by exploring our country’s values. Topics have included democracy, fair representation through the media, being entrepreneurial, and pride in our home city. It’s making a huge difference to the students’ confidence in speaking.”

She added: “We’ve also been working with other faculties in the school on techniques they can use to develop the children’s literacy skills”

The seminar gave students the opportunity to talk about the impact the project has had on them.

Cullen said: “So excited. I have loved my Literacy lessons and I have become so much more confident.”

Ria said: “Loved this project. Literacy is one of my favourite lessons where we talk and learn to talk about so many important things like the General Election, perceptions of Nottingham and learning to be an entrepreneur”.

Catharine Driver, Secondary Schools Adviser at the National Literacy Trust, said: “Arnold Hill has taken a bold and creative approach to developing its pupils’ speaking skills and confidence by engaging them with such a culturally diverse topic. We hope their project will be a source of inspiration for other schools around the UK.”