Use and Care of Voice for Teachers

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Duration | 45 minutes

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Voice Care for Teachers is important because “Teachers are at least eight times more likely to have voice problems than other workers.”  (The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, 2016)

As a teacher the most important tool you have is your voice, so using your voice effectively in the classroom is also vital.

You use your voice to question, clarify, challenge and engage. You use your voice to provoke thinking and manage behaviour. You rely on your voice in the classroom, you might even take it for granted. But what happens if you suffer problems with your voice or, worse, lose it completely?

It’s very hard to teach if you have no voice.

A study from Greenwich University found that 50% of NQTs suffer from voice loss in their first year in teaching (Martin, 2003). However, it’s not just new teachers who are affected, many experienced teachers suffer voice problems too. A survey conducted by the Royal National Institute of the Deaf found that teachers in almost 60% of schools complain of vocal problems. Resulting staff absence has a cost of around £15 million a year (Paver, 2011).

It is well recognised that voice training is important for new teachers, however this is currently only addressed by some initial teacher education programmes.

Also lacking at present is an affordable and accessible refresher course – something that the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has identified as necessary to support teachers in protecting their voicees when they are required to speak for a large proportion of their working day.

Course Aim

Use and Care of Voice for Teachers is designed as a simple, cost effective way to build understand into why using your voice effectively in the classroom is important and how to achieve it.  Both in terms of minimise the likelihood of vocal problems and improving your classroom presence.

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Course Content

The new Use and Care of Voice for Teachers course is designed to support your classroom practice by giving you the knowledge needed to use your voice effectively. It will help develop your understanding of how to use your voice to engage your learners and it offers advice on how to care for your voice should vocal problems arise.

Section 1 | Voice production

Section 2 | Posture and breathing

Section 3 | Audibility and vocal variety

Section 4 | Non-verbal communication

Section 5 | The impact of the physical environment

Section 6 | How to avoid vocal fatigue

Section 7 | What to do when voice problems hit

  • Voice Care
  • Use & Care of Voice for teachers
  • Online voice care course
  • Voice care training
  • Voice Care course
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • How to avoid vocal fatigue

Accident Investigation |  Communication Skills  | Delegation Skills  | Manual Handling

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At the end of the course, once you have engaged in the final reflection activity, the CPD-accredited completion certificate becomes available to download.
If you wish, there is also have the option to purchase a hard copy of the certificate which will be posted to you.

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Use and Care of Voice for Teachers is suitable for educators in all sectors – from early years establishments to higher education institutions. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, with opportunities to personalise the learning journey depending on learner needs. | 0131 661 8252



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Martin, S. (2002) An exploration of factors which have an impact on vocal performance and vocal effectiveness of newly qualified teachers/lecturers. Available  at:[Accessed: 23/09/18].

National Education Union (2016) Voice Care. Available at:[Accessed: 23/09/18].

Paver, C. (2011) Can you hear me at the back? Available at:[Accessed: 23/09/18].

van Houtte, E,; Claeys, S.; Wuyts, F. & van Lierde, K. (2012) ‘Voice disorders in teachers: occupational risk factors and psycho-emotional factors’ in Logoped Phoiatr Vocol. 37(3): 107-16. doi: 10.3109/14015439.2012.660499. Epub 2012 Mar 20.