Coverage of CfEY and University of Oxford’s research


7th May 2021

Last week saw the launch of two important reports on oracy. In partnership with the University of Oxford, The Centre for Education and Youth published its report ‘Oracy after the pandemic’. This research informed the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group’s Speak for Change report, which we drafted using evidence supplied by the APPG. You can access both reports here.

The reports shine a  light the impact pandemic’s impact on young people’s spoken language development, with our research with Oxford revealing that the country’s poorest pupils have been the worst affected.

Given the gravity of these issues, it was unsurprising that the reports gained wide coverage. The Oracy APPG chair, Emma Hardy MP, spoke about our findings with Mariella Frostrup on Times Radio  and you can listen to the interview here:

In another Times Radio interview, Mel Carlin, a teacher from Bishop Young Academy, and Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee, talked about the report’s recommendations and the challenges schools face in delivering oracy education:


Findings from our research with Oxford were covered by Politics Home and The Times. Libby Purves wrote for The Times about the importance for children of learning to speak in public.

You can download the ‘Oracy after the pandemic’ and ‘Speak for Change’ reports, here.