No Pens Wednesday

Ormiston Forge Academy celebrated No Pens Wednesday today by taking a whole-academy approach to this national initiative from The Communication Trust.

The aim of the day was to encourage the skills of speaking and listening, which is a part of a student’s national curriculum.
Today our students put down their pens, all lessons and activities had a focus on speaking and listening skills rather than writing skills. Teachers assessed what students in their class have learnt about the lesson by listening to what they say about it.

We have taken part in this national initiative because reading and writing are important valuable skills. Schools that include speaking and listening in a planned and structured way see improvement in their classroom involvement. Ofsted inspectors (who check standards in all schools in the country) are noticing more and more that speaking and listening is a really important factor for good teaching and student performance in successful schools.

No Pens Day Wednesday gave our students a chance to practice their speaking and listening skills for a whole school day. It allowed all students in class become involved in a whole school event and to contribute to class activities, getting a chance to talk. Ormiston Forge Academy students will be able to use what they have learnt from this day throughout the school year. We are hoping plan further No Pen days in the future.

Now in it’s fourth year over 2,500 schools have already taken part, you can find out more information here.

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