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Research on oral language & oracy education will support 'Speak for Change' inquiry

Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, School of Education

8 August 2019

Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou has been invited to be part of the ‘Speak for Change’ Oracy All- Party Parliamentary Group (Oracy APPG) as a research expert.

The inquiry is based on research evidence which highlights growing concern that children and young people's social mobility and long term outcomes are hampered by a lack of focus on oracy (speaking and listening skills) in education, and increasing evidence of the positive impacts of oracy education on students' academic outcomes and wellbeing.

Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou (Lecturer in Psychology in Education) has been invited as she has conducted extensive research in the field of oral language and oracy education which will support the inquiry. Her research focuses on three main areas of oracy education:

  • the value and impact of oral language on educational outcomes and wellbeing/ mental health;
  • provision and access (what should high quality, universal oracy education look like);
  • how to improve the provision of oral language in educational settings.

Ioanna will write a report of her research findings and present this to the Oracy APPG in September 2019. The results of the inquiry will then be published in the Spring Term 2020.  



Further information

Oracy APPG website :

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