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No Pens Day Wednesday

We've developed a short film where teachers share their views about No Pens Day Wednesday! Watch it below and read on to find out more...


No Pens Day Wednesday encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. We provide everything to run your day, which you can download for free here!

This year's No Pens Day Wednesday will take place on Wednesday 3rd October 2018. However, you can run your day whenever suits you best, the resources stay on the site all year round.

You can access our 2018 flyer here and our poster here.

No Pens Day Wednesday 2017 reached a total of over 7,000 schools and settings who had signed up to take part in the event since it started in 2011. You can find out more about the fantastic impact the day has had on schools and settings throughout the country in our new 2017 evaluation report, which you can access here!

For No Pens Day Wednesday 2017, we produced an Activity Pack which you can download here. The pack will tell you how to get involved and how to plan your No Pens Day Wednesday whatever your setting!

To take part and find out more, complete this short sign up form to be taken directly to the free resources page and get immediate access to the range of free materials we've produced for the event across the last 4 years.

You'll find lesson plans, activity ideas, homework, information for parents, information for staff, assembly ideas and much much more available across early years settings, primary, secondary and special schools. Register here to access everything for free!

No Pens Day Wednesday takes place during Dyslexia Awareness Week. We have created a document in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association about running a No Pens Day during your Dyslexia Awareness Week activities, which you can view here. To find out more about Dyslexia Awareness Week, click here.

You can also run a Voicebox Joke competition as part of your No Pens Day Wednesday - to find out more about this, click here


What schools who took part in 2017 said...

  • 80% of respondents said that taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday  2017 raised their awareness of speech, language and communication needs
  • 96% said they'd do things differently around school as a result of their involvement
  • 19% of respondents they had identified pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they'd not known about before

* 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.

No Pens Day Wednesday was a flagship event of the Hello campaign in 2011 (national year of communication).