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.

Mentors, Judges & Ambassadors

If you have experience in debating or public speaking, either as a participant or as a teacher, then you can become part of the ESU Education Network. You will have access to free training and continuous professional development opportunities, great networking and social events, as well as the chance to teach and judge in exciting UK locations such as Stamford Bridge and the House of Lords.


Are you over 18 years old? Do you live in England and Wales? Do you have flexible working hours? You may be eligible to work for the ESU!

The ESU hires Mentors to deliver workshops in public speaking and debating in schools, teach at our summer schools, as well as debate all over the world on our international tours.

Mentors are under contract with the ESU and paid per workshop. We ask that all mentors attend our training and can commit to full-day bookings during the week.

If you meet these requirements, then please read our FAQ’s and get in touch with us at

We are looking for people to work as mentors at our week long summer camp in August, applications for Debate Academy can be found here.

Applications for mentors to work at International Public Speaking Competition are also open, for more information and to apply click here.


ESU Judges work on a voluntary basis or are paid per heat for certain programmes. Please see below for current opportunities.

Schools’ Mace

If you would like to judge a Schools’ Mace heat please register your interest at and complete the following training – Part 1 and Part 2.

Public Speaking, Performing Shakespeare and London Debate Challenge

If you are interested in judging our Public Speaking, Performing Shakespeare or London Debate Challenge competition please register your interest at

We look forward to hearing from you.

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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