Comprehensive debate programmes for Key Stage 2

Discover Debating

Discover Debating is a comprehensive teaching package which allows Key Stage 2 students to develop the wide range of skills that are fostered through involvement in debating. Over a period of one, two or three terms, the programme develops students' ability to communicate effectively and to think critically and, crucially, builds their confidence.

Based on fun, engaging games, the syllabus includes ready-made lesson plans, training for students delivered by expert mentors, and professional development for teachers, as well as a scheme which maps student development in the core skills of reasoning & evidence, listening & response, organisation & prioritisation, and expression & delivery. Teachers are also able to track and report on student progress, making this a uniquely robust tool for the development or oracy skills.

Helping Students Discover Their Voice

The ESU has run debating training and competitions for many years. Our teaching guidance, exercises and curricula are developed by some of the best debators in the world and our mentors undergo rigorous training to ensure all input is of the highest quality.

Starting at just £500 + VAT a term, Discover Debating is a cost-effective intervention which, as well as providing a legacy of public speaking and debating skills in your school, can also impact positively on student attainment across the curriculum.

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Number of participants in our Discover Your Voice programme in 2015