Hundreds of children across Liverpool have been helped to find their voice by an ambitious city-wide project involving dozens of city schools.
The Voice Liverpool programme was designed to boost students’ verbal communication skills, while also improving their confidence and wellbeing.
Over the last three years, teachers at primary and secondary schools all over the city have worked with experts from charity Voice 21 to develop oracy – speaking and listening skills – within their classrooms and across their schools.
It is hoped the £180,000 project, which was funded by education charity SHINE, will have a long-term impact, particularly on the outcomes of disadvantaged children and young people.
When they start school, disadvantaged children’s spoken language development is significantly lower than their peers, which can lead to them falling further behind in their learning. When they leave school, they are also less likely to find employment and more likely to suffer from mental health difficulties.