Builds Confidence - Most people find talking to a 'mic' in a closed room far less intimidating than appearing on camera or on stage. This allows students to express their views and build their confidence whether it is discussing important issues or sharing ideas, radio gives students a confident voice within their school.
Develops Speaking & Listening Skills - Radio is about speaking and listening. Whether you are presenting or just listening to a show, these vital skills are not only fundamental in radio but are essential for 'real world' skills
Improves Literacy - Seems strange to be talking about writing skills in radio but the first time a student looks at the 'mic' and then asks what they should say, they realise they need to write scripts and prepare between links. Extend this to preparation for talk shows, radio drama or telephone interviews and it is clear that writing plays a big role in radio – as does research, factual accuracy, impartiality.
Improving oracy - We all need great to be able to speak for a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences. Talk at work is different to talk with friends. Certainly most jobs will require the ability to communicate effectively (even just at the interview stage) and many will involve presenting to clients/customers. Radio provides genuine opportunities to hone this important life skill. Can you speak in audience appropriate language? Can you speak articulately?
Giving Students a Voice and Empowerment- School Radio offers a platform for your students to discuss the issues that matter to them in a non-confrontational format. Whether it is discussing important issues or sharing the music they love, radio gives your students a voice within your school. Many find talking on the radio far less intimidating than performing live events or recording video. This helps presenters to express their views and ideas in ways they might otherwise never do. School Radio provides a fantastic platform for individuals and groups to voice opinions and involve fellow students in discussions, interviews, shows and radio drama.
Teamwork - Planning and presenting radio shows requires a great deal of teamwork. We run our School Radio station like a ‘real’ station assigning roles and responsibilities for presenters, engineers and station management. Producing great programmes is a real team effort