The Mighty Oak Public Speaking Programme

A one minute video

Cultural Capital:

 

Public Speaking Skills are part of the essential knowledge children need to be educated citizens. 

This feeds into the new Ofsted framework which requires schools to develop cultural capital. 

The aim of The Mighty Oak® Public Speaking Programme is that every child leaving primary school will know how to address an audience in an articulate, engaging manner, using all their public speaking tools.

 

The focus within the programme is absolutely on delivery and less on what to say.  To that end, in the most part, we give the pupils the words, freeing them up to work on delivery without having to think about creating content.

 

Each of us carries our ‘magic toolbox’ in our head.  There are four tools in our ‘magic toolbox’.  The Eye Contact tool, the Gesture tool, the Voice tool, and the ‘Moving Speaking Space tool.  In each lesson, we take out one of the tools and learn how to use it.

 

The three principles of the programme are:

 

Principle 1:  Catch the pupil doing ‘it’ right!  ‘It’ can be anything from standing tall like the Mighty Oak to projecting  a strong, clear voice. This continual positive reinforcement is the very essence of building confidence and forms the basis for the whole programme. There is an abundance of positive reinforcement opportunities throughout every lesson, indicated by purple stars. 

 

Principle 2:  Speaking in unison: This takes the spotlight away from the individual, allowing each child to really use their voice with confidence.  The pupils become more aware of what they can do with their voice when they are speaking out again and again, without individual attention on themselves.

 

Principle 3:  Feedback Police:  Picking pupils out to be your ‘Feedback Police’ really focuses the pupils on the task in hand.  “Who is dividing the room into three and showing excellent manners by looking at the whole audience?”  

The performing pupils love to be selected by the Feedback Police, resulting in sharper focus on the task in hand.

"Access to life skills is really important to us.  Public Speaking is terrifying to many adults and yet demanded by so many different activities, from speeches to job presentations, so we want to skill our pupils up to be confident in this. We also want them to speak clearly (and loudly - with expression!) in class assemblies and Services. We want to give them access to high quality trainers and a high quality programme - and this ticks all those boxes.  We have started to notice the difference!"
 
Headteacher - The Bishops' School