Oracy is embedded into everything we do at St. Hugh’s. The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill. To speak English fluently and articulately, to express ideas and interact with others is fundamental to academic success and to a good quality of life in general. There is robust evidence to show the link between the quality of classroom talk and attainment in core subjects. Poor oral language skills limit children’s attainment. We prioritise children’s language development, vocabulary and communication skills at all appropriate times. Opportunities for oracy are built into lessons across the curriculum and into discrete weekly oracy sessions where children have the opportunity to develop specific communication skills.