Tania Ahmad

Head of Pastoral Care/Head of English

Arcadia High School

I am from London, UK with a depth of experience in GCSE & A-level English, and have been teaching for eight years. I come from a strong educational background, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, PGCE in English, a Masters degree in English Education (UCL) and will be completing my NPQ in Behaviour and Culture this year. Alongside being Head of Pastoral Care for Key Stage 3&4 and Head of English, I have held the distinctive positions of Teaching and Learning Lead Practitioner, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Lead; the latter partnership afforded Tania the opportunity of co-directing the performance of her students in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the prestigious Barbican theatre in London. I have also been appointed an iGCSE Examiner for English by Edexcel. I have also spearheaded the Oracy initiative at my school, receiving specialist training and delivering school-wide sessions as presenting at a global conference; I have also had my blog post published on Oracy. I have a strong interest in professional learning, and as part of this, I created the digital teaching newsletter ‘The Arc’ which showcases the outstanding T&L across my school.


Growth Mindset

17 November 2022 | 10:30 - 10:50 | English | Oracy and its efficacy in building students' communication and understanding

I have received specialist training in Oracy, a trending buzzword in the educational community, but one in which many teachers and schools do not know much about or how to implement it effectively. I want to impart to other teachers how to teach students to learn how to talk but also learn to speak for purpose. It encompasses all types of communication: oral and listening skills to enable students to develop their understanding at a deeper level in order for them to probe, question and challenge concepts as well as unlock critical thinking.


I would like to do a workshop that practices the skills of Oracy to demonstrate how to use it and offer a range of techniques that will enable teachers to be inspired and learn a new pedagogical method in order to help their students.