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School Hosts ESB Speaking and Listening Training Event

Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Bolton School was delighted to welcome primary and secondary school teachers from the local area for a training session run by English Speaking Board (ESB).

Held in the School’s Arts Centre, this event allowed teachers to gain an insight into the way that ESB’s awards tie in with the National Curriculum, particularly in reference to the recent change from Speaking and Listening to Spoken Language. This was a great opportunity for teachers to find out more and for ESB representatives to answer any questions they might have about the benefits of the awards.

Alison Coates, ESB’s Business Development Adviser for Graded Exams, said, “English Speaking Board (ESB) offers bespoke training and workshops for teachers and students at all levels. We had a fantastic day at Bolton School coaching primary and secondary teachers from the local area. We covered everything from changes to Spoken Language in the National Curriculum to sharing best practice and resources. ESB’s ethos is to allow learners to develop their speaking and listening skills in a supportive environment focusing on personal growth and confidence; the delegates were inspired by the day and take this approach back to their own classrooms.”

Staff from the Boys Division English Department attended the afternoon event for secondary school teachers, which they said gave plenty of food for thought for whole school oracy projects.

Pupils in Year 6 and Year 8 in the Girls’ Division Junior and Senior Schools already take part in the ESB Awards.

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Alison from ESB led both of the training sessions

Alison from ESB led both of the training sessions

Some of the teachers who attended the event discussing the changes to the National Curriculum

Some of the teachers who attended the event discussing the changes to the National Curriculum