Webinar series: Effective oracy in the secondary history classroom

HA webinar series for secondary history teachers

At the HA, we understand the importance of creating the next generation of history students who can not only write about history, but who can also effectively communicate their thinking through oracy. Current academic research highlights the importance of oracy for learning and the close relationship between being able to talk and communicate thoughts and ideas about history before being able to write effectively about history.  

This is why we have created a brand new webinar series focused upon building effective oracy into your history lessons at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.  

Learning outcomes

In this webinar series you will:  

  • Gain knowledge of what good oracy looks like  
  • Gain confidence and practical strategies to build oracy into your history lessons  
  • Be equipped to effectively assess progress in history through oracy 
  • Understand the important relationship between talking about history and effective writing about history and how building oracy into your curriculum can help to improve grades for all students.  


For all webinars we recommend watching live in order to interact with the presenter, but if you are unable to participate live then a recording link will be made available to all registered delegates within 2 working days. If you have missed a session, a recording can be accessed later by making a block booking using the form below.

Session 1: What does great oracy look like in history? (FREE for HA members)
Wednesday 31 January 2024, 4pm–5pm
Focus: Key Stages 3 and 4 | Presenter: Toby Dove

This session will explore the features of good student oracy in a non-disciplinary sense, but also within the setting of a history classroom. The session will explore how to identify these features in the day to day of teaching history.

Session 2: How can we support strong oracy in history classrooms?
Wednesday 7 February 2024, 4pm–5pm
Focus: Key Stages 3 and 4 | Presenter: Toby Dove

This session will explore different strategies for promoting and embedding good oracy within a history classroom. The session will consider the roles of teachers and students in creating a classroom climate that fosters great oracy.

Session 3: How might we go about assessing oracy in history classrooms?
Wednesday 21 February 2024, 4pm–5pm
Focus: Key Stages 3 and 4 | Presenter: Toby Dove

This session will put forward and then critique a framework for assessing oracy within a history classroom context. It will suggest different practical ways of assessing oracy and provide materials for supporting embedding oral assessments within a history department.

Session 4: 'But Miss I don’t know what to write, or even how to start!'
Thursday 29 February 2024, 4pm–5pm
Focus: Key Stage 5 | Presenter: Dani Hilliard

The transition from GCSE to A-level is a big one and sixth-form students often struggle with a variety of different challenges. This session looks at the problems that many experience as they attempt to master the important subject-specific and life skills of being able to express their thoughts and ideas fluently and coherently in the written form. Read more

Session 5: OK! Talk to me, let me hear your argument
Thursday 7 March 2024, 4pm–5pm
Focus: Key Stage 5 | Presenter: Dani Hilliard

This session will look at potential solutions to some of the problems that students have writing history at A-level. At the core of this session is academic research that advocates the importance of talk within the classroom at whole-class level as well as in small group activities. Read more

How to book

Book multiple webinars

If you wish to make a block booking of multiple webinars, please complete the form below to make a booking and request an invoice. You can save money by making a block booking for the full series.

To access the member price please provide your membership number when prompted.

Number of webinars booked

HA Member ticket

Non-member ticket

1 webinar



5 webinars



Book a single webinar (live)

If you wish to book just one webinar before it has taken place, you must book online using the links below; we are unable to process invoices for single bookings. Please note that webinars booked as a one-off online are subject to additional booking fees.

What does Great oracy look like in history?

Book a recording

If you have missed a session, a recording can be accessed using the form above. You will be emailed an invoice for the cost of the recording(s) and a time-limited link to access the webinar recording on Zoom. 

All webinars in this series are also eligible for the corporate member free recording offer, this can be used via Eventbrite or using the bulk booking form above. Please see the terms and conditions for further information.

Terms and conditions

All prices are listed inclusive of VAT. 

All Historical Association webinars are subject to the HA CPD terms and conditions. For enquiries please contact events@history.org.uk.