Essential Information

Key Stage GCSE
School Subject Art, History, Literacy

We are delighted to announce that we are launching the Picture Yourself Speaking online training platform.  

What is the Picture Yourself Speaking online platform? 

A digital learning platform created by Speakers Trust in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich that uses the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I to inspire students to speak up about issues that matter today.

This platform is designed to give young people in Years 9-11 the skills and confidence to speak publicly and help them connect with their heritage. The course is organised into seven modules which can be studied at the learner's own pace. 

Each module will include: 

  • Video lessons from Speakers Trust expert trainers 
  • Fun, interactive activities to check understanding of the module 
  • The opportunity to try out the skills they are learning, online (and also with friends or family) 

The course should take between 4 and 7 hours to complete (depending on the pace of learning) and can be integrated into curriculum time, or tackled after school hours. 
By the time students have completed the course they will have created and shared a short speech inspired by the Armada Portrait.

This training will support them in preparation for GCSE Speaking and Listening, as well as deepen their knowledge of history, art and heritage. 

How do I get involved? 

If you are interested, please fill in this short form

Speakers Trust will then be in touch to set you up with a teacher account which will allow you to add your students and track their learning. Your role can be as hands-on (or off) as you like – students can tackle this challenge alone or you can prompt, feed back and support them to enrich the experience for them.

Your school account will be live until the end of the academic year, so students will have ample time to complete the learning. 

How much does it cost? 

This opportunity is free to state secondary schools in the UK for this academic year. All we need from you is a teacher to administer the programme in school, and some feedback on how it is all going.

As this programme is self-guided online learning, all students will also need access to a device (ideally a laptop or computer) when they are completing the work. 

Picture Yourself: Resources and project case study for secondary English and Arts teachers

The Picture Yourself resources support teachers and pupils to use heritage, particularly paintings and portraits, to inspire public speaking and develop oracy skills across the curriculum at key stages 3 and 4.