ESU Blog

Making news with The Week Junior

Gavin Illsley and Amanda Moorghen - Research & Resource Officers19 Jul 2017

Find out more about our partnership with the award-winning current affairs magazine for young people.

We’ve been working in partnership with The Week Junior since February this year, helping to develop content for their ‘Big Debate’ feature each week.

We’re enormously enjoying the opportunity to work with the magazine, aimed at

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ESU EVENT: International Oracy Symposium

Melanie Aplin - Head of International Programmes and Cultural Exchange07 Jun 2017

Sharing best practice from oracy agendas around the world.

From formal external teacher training, to everyday colleague-to-colleague based interactions, it is widely acknowledged that the sharing of best practice between teaching professionals is one of the most effective forms of continued professional development.

Based on

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NEW DfE FUNDED TEACHING RESOURCES: Topical lesson plans to help you discuss controversial issues in the classroom

Amanda Moorghen - Research & Resources Senior Officer04 Jul 2017

The ESU, in partnership with ACT, is launching ‘The Deliberative Classroom’, a series of resources to support teachers to lead knowledge-based debates with their students.

We all know that tough topics make their way into the classroom. With Brexit negotiations ongoing, a Trump presidency across the water and on-going concerns around national security, there is no shortage of controversy. In

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Learning from current leaders in oracy: Our Summer conference round-up

Duncan Partridge - Director of Education28 Jun 2017

Find out more about what we’ve learnt from schools and teaching professionals over the latest conference season.

Spending time in the company of teachers and educationalists who are passionate about what they do and keen to share and learn is both energising and stimulating. Here at the ESU, we seek out opportunities

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Admiration, respect and good spirit: The key themes of an ESU competition

Shiraz Engineer - Competitions Officer13 Jun 2017

Hear from our Competitions Officer on how debating competitions offer young people much more than new oracy skills.

Have you ever rehearsed a play without performing it? Or perhaps researched and written a 1,000- word essay that no one else was going to see? Probably not, why would you? Most of us would

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