ESU Blog

How oracy can help produce empowered students who play a part in society

Patrick Ryan - Teacher and Walter Hines Page Scholar17 Nov 2017

Teacher Patrick Ryan, a recent recipient of our Walter Hines Page Scholarship which allows teachers to carry out research in the US, looks at how oracy can help teach citizenship and the benefits this brings.

Since the UK’s recent introduction of ‘British Values’ into the national curriculum, I’ve become more and more interested in how other educational systems deliver their SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) citizenship programmes, and

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Armistice Day Teaching Resource: Giving students the chance to reflect on important issues

Amanda Moorghen - Research and Resources Senior Officer09 Nov 2017

Our new resource offers a helpful way to discuss the issues surrounding Remembrance Day and the Poppy Appeal – why not try it out in your classroom?

Remembrance Day is, and should be, more than just silence and poppy-wearing. At this time of year, there is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on some of the big questions underpinning our society.

At the

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Sustainable oracy through our Discover Debating CPD sessions

Anna England-Kerr - Senior Discover Your Voice Officer03 Nov 2017

Teacher training is at the heart of the English-Speaking Union’s Discover Debating programme – we find out how the first session of the autumn term went

I’m standing at the front of a classroom in Sheffield looking out at a roomful of teachers and I couldn’t be more excited. These are the people who’ll be responsible for educating the next generation

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Oracy as a life skill

Leela Koenig - Head of Oracy30 Oct 2017

Our take on the latest research: how oracy can improve classroom discussions, critical thinking and the development of life skills.

It’s been a great few months for research projects looking into the impact of oracy in schools. Building an evidence base for oracy interventions is an important and necessary part of building the case for

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Mentoring: three surprising things I've learnt in three weeks

Catrin Richards - Discover Debating Mentor27 Oct 2017

In honour of National Mentoring Day, our Discover Debating Mentor shares some of the most surprising things that her young debaters have taught her so far.

“Is debating like boxing?” one of my Year Six students asked me. “I’m not sure”, I say, “how do you mean?”, “well, it’s a big fight, but you have rules, don’t you?”

After I double

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