No Pens Day Wednesday 2013
No Pens Day Wednesday was a flagship event of
the Hello campaign
in 2011 (national year of communication), which encouraged schools
to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening
activities. We've now got over 1,500 schools signed up to
No Pens Day Wednesday- join them by registering
No Pens Day Wednesday took place on
Wednesday 9th October 2013- over 2,400 schools
If your school took part and hasn't completed our short
evaluation survey yet please click the following link to
do so- www.surveymonkey.com/s/nopensdaywednesday2013
Its not too late to take part though! You can run a
No Pens Day whenever works best for your
school- you can even run them regularly!
The free resources we provide to support schools stay
available all year and you can register to access them
Register your interest for No Pens Day Wednesday
2013 here* and access
lots of free resources!
New for 2013 resources include:
• Downloadable poster for display in schools
• Print out poster to send home to families
• Speaking and listening outcomes matrix for lesson plans
• A handy how to guide to planning a good speaking and
• Working effectively with support staff in speaking and
• New primary and secondary activity ideas
• Follow on factsheets on No Pens Day Wednesday
To guide you on how to plan your No Pens Day Wednesday we
have produced an Activity Pack, please click here to download. Once registered
you'll also be able to download a poster you can put up round
your school and a flyer you may wish to send home to parents or
send to other schools in your area.
We've developed a huge number of resources since the
launch of the campaign in 2011 and you'll be able to access all of
these once you register.
Communication Trust is grateful to Pearson Assessment for their
support for No Pens Day Wednesday.
What schools who took part in 2012
"Exciting, engaging and a unique experience"
"We had Ofsted in, which made some staff panic! But the
teaching seen on the day was better than the previous day and
really helped our feedback."
"Children loved it - they were more active - teachers were more
creative in their lessons - everyone had a really enjoyable
"We thought the information and resources were excellent and
very clear to use. Everything was supplied to enable us to run the
day with very little extra effort which is always appreciated in a
teacher's busy schedule."
Find out here what Professor Mick Waters, curriculum
expert, thinks of No Pens Day Wednesday.
* We are asking schools to register their details so we can
track how many schools take part. You will only hear from us in the
future if you select this option on the registration form.
taking place in the autumn term is another free activity called
Voice Box. This is being run by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
(RCSLT), with our support, to help schools bring communication to
RCSLT are inviting mainstream primary and special schools in
England to work on their own, or with their speech and language
therapists, to hold a joke-telling competition between 2nd
September and 4th October 2013.
You'll then send RCSLT the winning joke from your school by
Monday 7th October and the judging panel will shortlist the 10 best
jokes they receive.
RCSLT will invite the shortlisted joke tellers and their parent
or guardian to the Houses of Parliament on Monday 28th October for
a national final, hosted at Speaker's House, with guests welcomed
by The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.
Please click here to find out more about Voice Box and to
download the toolkit.