“Speaking and listening skills are essential for our children. We want to inculcate in them the abilities they need to thrive in later life and teach them not only how best to articulate their own ideas, but also how to listen to each other, synthesise arguments and have a constructive debate. We want our students to believe that when they go into interviews in the future or have to do presentations they can compete with anybody, whatever their educational background. This is one of the most fundamental values of our school and in this sense; this qualification could have a huge impact.”

Peter Mulholland


“These are essential skills that should be learned from the word 'go' in secondary schools. This qualification offers an opportunity for our students to engage in proper speaking and listening work that will actually lead to them gaining a useful qualification. These skills extend into so many subjects beyond English and into many real life situations.”

Jonathan Wise

“One of the strands of our whole-school strategy is enabling our students to become employable and prepared ready for life after school. The speaking and listening project has been instrumental in that, as students have actually had to think about the responses they give to questions. They are also coming up with their own questions in discussion and this is helping them become not only more resilient, but also more thoughtful and reflective. In addition, it’s enabling them to focus on Standard English and the way in which they use language to represent themselves as individuals, both in the classroom and beyond.”

Caithy Martin

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