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Retweeted From Esther Brooks

staffs’ hard work to prepare such incredible Learning Journeys for each faculty has paid off- and all faculty displays linking to school values! Great job team


And that’s a wrap!! What a year for our Meridian Team! We wish our students, parents, carers and our families a very safe and happy summer holidays! We are so excited to see you back in September!


Fantastic News from Team Meridian! We have been awarded “we’ve embraced thrive” status!! Great achievement and we are very proud to have embraced Thrive as an approach in our school. If you would like to know more get in touch!


Dear Meridian Parents and Carers, Student timetables and important information about September has been sent to you via email. If you have not received this information please email Thank You


Another celebrity friend of Team MHS!! Thank you Courtney Tulloch for creating a workout to keep our students, staff and our parents and carers moving! The full video can be found on the Meridian Facebook Page!


Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Wonderful to have children back this week . Great day at today preparing for Y10 return on Monday- looking forward to seeing some of our students next week.


Good Morning Parents and Carers of Meridian High! Mrs Anderson our head of school has created a short presentation for you regarding how we have prepared the school for next week.


We are seeking fantastic learning support staff to join our great team!


Absolutely beautiful art work from our very talented Courtney! Well done!!


Wishing all of our families a very safe and happy half term! We will be back online and open for keyworker provision from Monday 1st June.


It’s National Thank A Teacher Day!! If any of our parents or students would like to send a free thank you card you can do so by following this link:


A reminder to all of our Meridian families that our childcare provision and online school will be closed for half term and will be back on Monday 1st June.


Welcome to our New Year 7 Cohort! We will be sending you your transition packs very soon! We can’t wait to meet you!


Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Opportunity to join our dynamic team on a journey of school improvement. Our team of students and staff make every day an incredible one


Absolutely fantastic work completed at home by our students making their own 3D cells. Well done Charley-Mae, Chloe, Millie and Aiden - rewards certificates are on the way!


Team Meridian have left our fantastic students a very special message!


Beautiful "Kandinsky Style" Art work submitted online by Alfie who created this listening to Goosebumps by well done Alfie!


Great note taking from Della!! Well done and keep up the good work!


Great English work from Year 10 student Neelab! Brilliant notes on Animal Farm!


Exceptional self portrait work from Year 8 student Nathaniel submitted online today! We love seeing the hard work our students are doing at home!


Introduction to Oracy at Meridian High School

The ethos of Meridian High School is encapsulated within our core values: our students are challenged, learn and achieve in their academic careers whilst personally developing resilience, ambition and respectful attitudes.

Our Oracy Policy aims to outline the principles supporting our Oracy in Practice guide for staff at Meridian High School. The working guide outlines the expectations for our Oracy in practice and has been developed with all teaching staff through a series of staff meetings.


Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. At Meridian High School, we believe the development of spoken language to be fundamental to the achievement of students. Our oracy curriculum seeks to ensure all students are able to communicate effectively and confidently in front of any type of audience so that any door of opportunity is open to them in the future.

These skills are developed across all areas of our curriculum where students are encouraged to explore ideas through talk; challenge each other’s opinions and develop their own reasoned arguments, as well as talking in full sentences with a clear and confident voice.

Our Challenge – Learn – Achieve ethos and values of Resilience, Ambition and Respect mean that we place respectful and productive relationships at the heart of all that we do. As staff, we therefore foster good communication amongst ourselves and with our pupils, their parents and carers, and with the wider community. We place a high priority on supporting the development of good speaking and listening skills amongst our pupils.

Our oracy curriculum will enable students to:

  • speak with confidence, clarity and fluency in full sentences
  • recognise the value of listening
  • be confident in the value of their own opinions and to be able to express them to others building their self-esteem
  • to adapt the use of language for a range of different purposes and audiences, including using Standard English
  • converse, sustain a logical argument and respond to others appropriately
  • concentrate, interpret and respond appropriately to a wide range of listening experiences
  • be open-minded, to value the contribution of others and to take account of their views
  • appreciate the diversity of languages, dialects and accents in the school and value the experience and contributions of children with a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds
  • develop empathy through drama and debate


Correct spoken language is fundamental to learning. Speaking and listening play a large part in a student’s progress in all curriculum areas and teachers plan to develop these skills in a wide variety of ways.

We aim to develop and encourage fluent speakers, who can confidently articulate their ideas in a wide range of situations through the following whole school strategies:

  • Upgrading students’ spoken language to standard English
  • Direct vocabulary instruction
  • Debate
  • Sentence stems to structure spoken language

Students should also be exposed to a range of planned oracy experiences across the curriculum which include:

  • Drama
  • Talking partners
  • Listening to stories
  • Reading lessons
  • Preparation for writing
  • Visiting speakers
  • Giving and receiving instructions
  • Paired/collaborative work
  • Problem solving
  • Presentation of learning

Oracy experiences should not be limited to the curriculum and students should have the opportunity to develop their oracy skills outside of the classroom including:

  • Assemblies
  • School Council and other student voice opportunities
  • Extra-curricular productions
  • Participating in cross-MAT events


The impact of this policy will be evidenced through the monitoring of attainment and progress of all students by class teachers.

Oracy skills will be assessed using the oracy framework. Each year group has oracy objectives which build on the preceding years’ study to ensure progression in this area as students move through the school. The Progression in Oracy document is available on the school’s website.

The English Lead, SLT, Head teacher and link Governor will be responsible for monitoring the impact of this policy and standards of spoken language across the school, through work scrutiny, planning scrutiny, learning walks and lesson observations and any other relevant monitoring activities.


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