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‘Brilliant support… one-to-one does not exist anywhere else’



  • What: Year-long debating programme
  • Age: 11-18
  • Cost: £3,600 + VAT,  90 per cent subsidies available for schools with high FSM or EAL
  • When: September 2019 start
  • Delivery: One-to-one consultancy, teacher training and full lesson plans
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Debate-Able is an innovative, one-year, comprehensive debating programme designed to help you to create a sustainable culture of oracy across the curriculum, through debate in your school or academy.

It includes all necessary lesson plans; dedicated one-to-one consultancy; teacher CPD training and on-going ESU teacher support. Participating schools also benefit from access to ESU’s debating expertise and competitions, as well as opportunities to link with other Debate-Able schools in their community.

‘Increased verbal confidence has a significant impact on reading levels’


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A male and a female secondary school students sitting down. The female is wearing lens glasses and writing on a notepad with heads bow and a smile. The male has both thumbs finger up and looking at her writing. There is a mobile phone and stica transparent plastic bag.

Why do it - student benefits

  • Delivers demonstrable improvement in critical thinking and oracy skills
  • Impacts wider literacy skills
  • Improves English comprehension and provides practice in backing up arguments with examples
  • Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education
  • Boosts confidence, teamwork and clarity of thought
  • Improves employability


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Why do it - teacher benefits

  • Built around teacher development
  • Encourages full-class participation
  • Applicable for all year groups
  • Meets National Curriculum requirement for students to use discussion and debate
  • Helps deliver a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’- (requirement in new Ofsted inspection framework)
  • Transferable lesson plans to encourage oracy and debate across the curriculum
  • Opportunities to develop links with other Debate-Able schools within your community
  • Helps with the training of students for debating competitions

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If you have any questions or queries about Debate-Able please email


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