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Acknowledgement and Contact

We would like to acknowledge the positive collaborative efforts of our partners in this project, School 21; and also the support of funders the Education Endowment Foundation and project evaluators Sheffield Hallam University.

We would also like to thank the schools that took part in this project:
School 21, London
Melbourn Village College, Cambridgeshire
Cardinal Wiseman School and Language College, Coventry
Cockermouth School, Cumbria

And the teachers who were involved in trialling our tasks and rating performances:
Daniel Shindler
Jeffrey Boakye
Leah Gilliat
Germaine Varney
Abi Spence
Sarah Hallam
Heidi Elliott
Amy Forrester
Sujana Sudhaman
Lauren Fairweather
Nikisha Phelan
Alison Bigglestone
Caroline Low

In addition, we would like to thank our expert advisory panel:

Alan Howe, Formerly of the National Strategies
Greg Brooks, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield
Janet White, JW English Consultancy Ltd
Adrian Beard, Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
Lyn Dawes, Educational Consultant
Stephanie Merritt, Speech Therapist
Evelina Galaczi, Cambridge English

Thank you to Maria Vrikki for help with the literature review and data entry, to Stuart Shaw of Cambridge Assessment for advice on statistical procedures and to Helen Neo for help with data analysis.

Thank you also to all those who attended and took part in the Oracy Assessment Conference in February 2014.

For questions about the task materials please contact Ayesha Ahmed at