Voice 21

Our purpose is to give our young people a voice to enable them to change the world. We want to empower our students to become confident, articulate and engaging speakers, building their confidence, capacity to learn and success beyond school.


We began working with Voice 21 as a partner school in 2019 to build a whole school culture which values and celebrates students’ voices. We have specialist leadership for oracy within the academy, developing and implementing best practice and and equipping our teachers to use purposeful talk to drive learning in the classroom.


Our partnership with Voice 21 enables our staff to connect with teachers and leaders in other Voice 21 Oracy Schools, to share best practice and ideas and to explore the latest oracy research and innovation.


Voice lessons are taught within our Hearts and Minds curriculum in Years 7 and 8. In these lessons, students develop the skills, confidence and self-belief to speak in public and share their thoughts, intellect and ideas with others. We seek to create a space where students can express their ideas and know that these will be listened to throughout school.


We recognise that it is through spoken language that students make meaning, build relationships and develop the confidence they need to take their place in the world.

Voice lessons at The Halifax Academy

Year 7 learn all about The Oracy Framework through a range of team games in their Voice lessons, such as ‘The 1 to 20 Game’.