Speaking and listening has always been an important part of our curriculum, but oracy is a fairly new initiative. Development in oracy is key to progression and learning in school but it is bigger than this, oracy lies at the heart of social mobility and is critical in building effective relationships. Research shows that children need to be taught the key oracy skills and those that are, perform better in all areas of the curriculum and later life. The four main strands of oracy are the physical, the linguistic, the cognitive and finally the social and emotional aspects. These areas include the effective use of the voice and body language; using appropriate language and vocabulary; including relevant and engaging content; showing audience awareness and developing rapport with their audience. Listening is an essential part of oracy and a key message to ensure this is ‘to enter into each conversation assuming we have something to learn’.