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ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools

Registration is now open! Registration closes on 15 October. 


  • Open to Key Stage 4. 
  • Registration per team of three students is £30
  • The Public Speaking Training Handbook is available to download here
  • Largest public speaking competition in the UK with 400 teams entering each year
  • Helps meet Speaking and Listening targets set by the National Curriculum
  • Great for a young student's CV
  • All students in the programme become ESU Alumni
The handbook contains a glossary of commonly used public speaking terms, the updated rules of the competition, details of the competition format, as well as guidelines for speakers, coaches, adjudicators and organisers.

The competition runs with the academic year, beginning in the autumn term. The initial rounds of the competition will take place between October and December. The regional finals of the competition will take place between February and March and the UK final will take place on 30 April.

The National Public Speaking Competition for Schools is generously supported by the Joyce Rolfe Legacy which helps support branches in the running of the competition.