Education Network

Our Education Network is comprised of alumni and mentors who help us to deliver many of our educational programmes and ensure that we can reach schools all over England and Wales

We take great pride in the passion and expertise of our mentors, without them we would not be able to help thousands of young people to discover their voice.

Discover Debating

Sign up to be a Discover Debating Mentor.

The English-Speaking Union is looking for mentors to deliver this programme in the North East of England, Midlands, London and Wales. No prior experience of debating is required, just an enthusiasm for developing oracy skills in young people. The ESU will provide full training, lesson plans and resources, as well as ongoing support throughout the programme.

Discover Debating is a comprehensive debating programme that creates demonstrable progress in literacy and oracy in primary school students. The package of debating lesson plans, continuous professional development for teachers and mentor support creates a culture of confident communicators in primary schools. This programme also comes with a pupil attainment tracker to allow mentors and teachers to see the progress of their pupils and the impact of the programme.

Discover Debating mentors will need to commit to the following:

  • To deliver a set course of lesson plans for an hour each week over one term, and one day at the end of both subsequent terms.
  • To work for the ESU for the academic year 2017/18
  • Be willing to travel up to an hour each way to their allocated school (travel expenses will be provided by the ESU)
  • To attend one of the following full-day training sessions:


Tuesday 6th June at Durham University


Tuesday 13th June at Cardiff University


Thursday 15th June


Monday 19th June at Dartmouth House, Mayfair


Lunch, refreshments and all travel expenses will be provided by the ESU.

Discover Debating mentors are paid £30 for each 1-hour workshop, plus full travel expenses.

“Mentoring gives you the opportunity to give back to young people and to teach them new skills: public speaking skills, analytic skills and the ability to come up with a coherent argument. To be able to share that with people all around the country is amazing”

Johnny Allain-Labon
ESU Mentor

We believe that strong speaking and listening skills can transform lives if you think so too please sign up to get involved.

Discover Debating mentor sign up form
Equal opportunities form

Applications close on 29th May.

Want to find out more about this role, or supporting the ESU to deliver education programmes and judge competitions? Email

The English-Speaking Union Alumni Network

The Alumni Network brings together former ESU programme participants to share ideas, network and support young people currently involved in our programmes. As well as providing regular updates to keep alumni informed about relevant opportunities and up-to-date ESU news, we hold events and reunions.

If you have ever taken part in an ESU programme, scholarship or award and would like to join the network then please get in touch with our Alumni Officer, Alex Orpin, at or on 020 7529 1596.

We love hearing about the experiences Alumni have had on our programmes and what they have gone on to do since. If you would like to share your story, or make a suggestion for an Alumni event, then please get in touch with Alex.

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Register with the Alumni Network

To be kept up-to-date with Alumni news and events, please register your details here.

If you require any assistance with this form, please contact Alex Orpin (

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