Picture Yourself Speaking

A national oracy programme inspired by the iconic Armada Portrait, giving young people the opportunity to express themselves and connect with their heritage.

Speakers Trust and Royal Museums Greenwich have created a cross-curricular online learning platform using the Armada Portrait to inspire young people to speak out on the issues that matter to them.

This iconic piece of history is rich in themes, ideas and images that resonate with many of the things that still matter to young people today – from gender equality to the environment, power to fashion, privilege to family. This learning platform encourages young people to identify and understand the themes of the Armada Portrait and find what resonates with them.

“This project is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a window on to a bigger world and to think of themselves as part of it”

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 our 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.

If you are interested, fill in this short form or email hello@speakerstrust.org to get involved.


Find out more about our partners at Royal Museums Greenwich here.


Some students who have not been able to speak to a group, and were panicking at the start of the day are now able to confidently and fluently articulate their thoughts.

Rebecca Stein, Wingfield Academy

Fantastic workshop, engaging activities and thoroughly beneficial for all involved. Great links to the portrait. Thank you.

Maninderjit Gill, SEVA School

“The opportunity to have speaking and listening at the forefront of a cross-curricular project has been a welcome addition to our enrichment opportunities at St Clere’s. It is vital that students can practise their oracy skills in a number of different contexts, so it has been great to participate in a programme that encourages pupils to articulate their ideas about history, art and social issues.”


This project is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a window on to a bigger world and to think of themselves as part of it


This programme with Speakers Trust and Royal Greenwich Museums shows that oracy is not just an ‘English’ area- but one that should be addressed across all subjects.

Ms Howlett, Epping St Johns