Articulate/Future Me – Year 9

Articulate/Future Me – Year 9

Effective speaking and presentation techniques are essential life skills, but sometimes students need a new approach to succeed. This activity acknowledges Gatsby Benchmarks 3 & 7

What is Articulate?

Articulate is a five-day communication skills programme, in collaboration with Articulacy. Our shared mission is simple: inspire young people to become confident and articulate individuals, in their school lives and beyond.

Who is the programme for?

Working with target schools, we identify thirteen year 9 pupils via a three-phase targeting process, conducted by the school and the NSSW evaluation team. Students learn essential skills of speaking, listening, discussion and debate.

What’s involved?

Through an energetic mix of challenging games and practical sessions, we increase confidence and improve soft skills, helping learners overcome barriers of low self-esteem and anxiety, and grow their academic potential.

Watch: See what teachers and pupils have to say about the Articulate programme.

Why choose Articulate?

Articulate workshops are designed to nurture effective communication skills, build confidence, encourage debate and raise aspirations – whilst introducing higher education. Students enjoy a massive sense of achievement, and develop presentation and speaking skills in an interactive and fun environment, whilst supporting KS3 targets. The programme culminates in an accredited English Speaking Board qualification.

Gatsby benchmarks 3 & 7

“I thoroughly enjoyed the week and got very emotional on the Friday listening to some of them perform their exam pieces – it was incredible watching how much they grew and developed in confidence and skill throughout the week.”

Margaret, Teacher, Pool Academy

Prioritising regular one-to-one tuition and positive reinforcement, we encourage active engagement in learning. The presence of our HE student ambassadors also provides additional help and support from university role models. The motivational teacher-student and peer relationships that ensue revolutionise the classroom, creating a supportive space for pupils to realise their full potential.

View the five-day programme

To download a digital copy of our Articulate flyer containing an example schedule please click here.

Your contribution

From August 2019, the Articulate programme will require a contribution from schools. The 5-day programme culminates in an English Speaking Board examination that typically cost £450.00; however, thanks to the Christabel Burniston Fund, we are able to offer a 30% discount, bringing the cost down to £315.

We appreciate this will not be possible in every school, and pride ourselves on offering flexible solutions to support your students. For an alternative option, see Future Me below.

Future Me

Future Me is an alternative 5-day programme that helps year 9 students explore their potential, and routes into higher education.

Through self-led research, group demonstrations, and presentations that utilise visual aids, participants become more confident articulating their life achievements and ambitions.

The programme ends on a celebratory note with students formally presenting to a panel, before receiving an NSSW certificate that recognises their dedication and progress.

Download the Articulate and Future Me flyer

Find out more

Explore a variety of in-school packages at or contact our team at Next Steps South West to discuss your options. 


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