ESU Blog

How does the ESU train their trainers?

Michael Hepburn - Education Network Officer15 Aug 2018

With a diverse range of oracy programmes and workshops on offer, coaching our oracy trainers plays a big part in the ESU’s calendar year. Here we explain how we do it, and why it’s so

Teaching young people oracy skills is a difficult task. The majority of our training staff are ESU mentors who work remotely across England and Wales, often while studying or working alongside another job.

The work they

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Gearing up for another year at Debate Academy…

Eliot Pallot - Debating Programmes Senior Officer29 Aug 2018

In the words of one previous student: ‘Like Hogwarts but for Debating.’ Yes, that’s right - ESU Debate Academy is back. And it’s bigger than ever!

Each year the ESU brings together more than 130 young people who are passionate about debating and engaging with the world around them. With the help of 22 expert debating coaches, they will learn how

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From the mic to the Like

Jordan Erica Webber - Writer and presenter19 Jul 2018

Jordan Erica Webber looks at the benefits and dangers of social platforms becoming the podiums in our pockets

#MeToo; #WomensMarch; #BlackLivesMatter – social media is helping many of us to have our voices heard in ways that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago. As we encourage our audiences to tell

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Keep your kids talking this summer!

Amanda Moorghen - Head of Impact and Resources10 Jul 2018

Hone your family’s speaking skills over the summer-holidays with these three light-hearted activities...

Even the best laid summer holiday plans can sometimes transform into long days where it seems like everyone in the family is engaged with a different screen. But don’t despair! If casual conversation seems to

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Harness football fever with our free teaching resource

Amanda Moorghen - Head of Impact and Resources04 Jul 2018

Kicking a ball around isn’t the only way to join in with the World Cup – try kicking some talking points around in your classroom!

Whether you love it or hate it, football is well and truly in the air. Our latest free teaching resource is packed with oracy activities, suitable for use in any classroom and, by

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