NLT Secondary School Conference

From National Literacy Trust

Resource type: Conference or Trade Show

Price band: £

Key stage: KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

The National Literacy Trust’s summer Secondary Conference takes place on 1st July in Manchester. The theme for the conference is Oracy Matters.

The one-day programme of presentations and workshops explores how speaking and listening skills impact on academic success, employment and young people’s sense of self.

Keynote speakers include Emeritus Professor Neil Mercer and award-winning poet Joelle Taylor.


  • Supporting young people’s understanding and use of language explores ways to capitalise on the popularity of audio to promote storytelling in all its forms.
  • Oracy: a tool for cross-curricular creativity is a practical workshop from Shakespeare North Playhouse looking at techniques to encourage discussion and debate across the curriculum.
  • Arts for wellbeing showcases some practical and mindful art activities that can be replicated in schools from visual and performing arts centre The Lowry.
  • Unlocking the power of voice explores ways to empower girls aged 11-14 who have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion to discover their voice using activities from the NLT’s Represent programme.
  • Teacher self-articulation through poetic inquiry provides an opportunity for teachers to re-engage with why they became teachers, how their work has shaped them and how the technique of poetry inquiry can be used to help students articulate themselves.
  • Let’s talk about numbers explores ways to help pupils feel more confident about making financial decisions using Words that Count, a financial literacy programme that has oracy at its heart.
  • Libraries and literacy in secondary schools explores ways that schools can work with community libraries and wider literacy projects such as Read Manchester to promote literacy and encourage reading for pleasure.
  • Bringing stories to life introduces Story Valley, a free, international creative literacy resource for secondary schools based around storytelling.

Cost: £175. Early bird rate of £150 available until 24th May.

About National Literacy Trust: NLT is an independent literacy charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. The charity runs literacy programmes, CPD training courses for teachers, and provides online resources and tools to its members. It also undertakes research into all aspects of literacy and campaigns to raise awareness of literacy issues.

Further resources:

  • Find other literacy conferences and educational trade shows here.

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