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Words Aloud is a nationwide provider of public speaking skills for primary school pupils. Training is offered to this age-group in the knowledge that the earlier these skills are learned, the sooner they become second nature. Workshops are designed to cater either directly for the pupils or as part of a CPD programme for teachers.
Public speaking training has made a huge difference to the children I teach. Many intelligent children who were able to express themselves on paper but were scared of speaking aloud have found their voices as a result of this training. Other children have flown academically due to the self-belief and confidence they have developed after working with Fiona.
Speaking aloud is such a vital and life-changing skill that schools have a responsibility to prioritise and teach. By learning skills to overcome nervousness and ways of expressing themselves, children are better prepared for their future lives.
Chloe Clifford, Teacher, Merryhills, London
The sessions are fantastic! The enthusiastic approach really encourages the children to believe in themselves and have the confidence to try new ideas. Teachers have told us of the overwhelming difference in the way the children participate in class, many who have never done so before, and how excited and happy they are about the training.
Lynne McKinski, Enfield School Improvement and Enrichment Service, Enfield
It has made me enjoy speaking about things that are important. Before, I didn't take part in class discussions and didn't believe in myself - now I do!
Nepheli, year 6 pupil, Merryhills, London
A pupil who is a confident communicator is someone who can stand up and speak up for themselves both in class and in the playground, has self-belief, and is well equipped to achieve their potential throughout their education and beyond.
Public speaking is a source of anxiety for many people and the earlier these fears can be overcome, the sooner a vital life-skill for the future can be developed. Failure to overcome anxieties about speaking up early in life can have a negative influence on a pupil’s ability to actively participate in the classroom and interact with their peers. This can result in underachievement across the curriculum. Workshops are suitable for pupils of all abilities and are as valuable for encouraging less confident pupils to find their voice as they are for stretching more confident pupils to move forward.
Words Aloud workshops have a proven track record of helping develop self confidence and enabling pupils to speak with impact in front of their peer group. All sessions are interactive, fun and motivational. Pupils work on developing key speaking and listening skills and the sessions aim to give pupils the confidence to present themselves and their ideas in a clear, confident manner.
With highly experienced, professional trainers, and through the use of a range of simple yet effective games, Words Aloud teaches pupils the most important skills they need to become confident communicators, helping them develop their social skills and become active participants in the classroom.
Giving each and every pupil the opportunity to discover their voice creates a positive framework for pupils to play an active role within class. Words Aloud designs each workshop in partnership with the individual school needs, placing emphasis on areas felt to be of most importance for pupil development.