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Home > Essex Junior Public Speaking Workshops & Competitions

‘I learnt that the more you speak, the more confident you become’


  • What: Public speaking workshops and competitions for Essex primary schools
  • Age: Year 4
  • Price: On application
  • When: Autumn and spring terms
3 students posing with their awards and medals with their teachers standing behind them

In brief

Each year the Colchester branch works with a number of primary schools in Essex to organise local public speaking competitions designed to build self-confidence, self- esteem and critical thinking skills, as well as the practical skills of delivering a speech in front of an audience, listening without interrupting, asking pertinent and relevant questions and the ability to work effectively as a team.

Prior to the competitions, interactive oracy workshops are delivered in each participating school with the relevant staff and children, alongside some friendly pre-competitions.

Teams of three pupils represent their school having been given a topical motion to research. The chairperson introduces the team and ensures the smooth running of their presentation, summing up and thanking the teams, judges and audience. The speaker persuasively presents four or five main points on the motion and answers questions from the other team and members of the audience. The questioner listens attentively to the speech, altering any prepared questions where applicable and improvising new ones.

Why do it

  • Enables children to articulate their ideas and opinions and to share them with others in a non-judgmental environment
  • Encourages confident communication and critical thinking
  • Supports teachers in developing strategies and using activities to further the development of children’s speaking and listening skills, and to help them embed oracy in all areas of the curriculum
  • Narrows the gap between children and improves their ability to vocalise their ideas in a structured way, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Promotes the importance of effective presentational skills including: body language, tone of voice and engagement of the audience and judges
  • Emphasises the importance of team work and representing others (their school)
  • Builds links and camaraderie with other schools in the area
A young pupil expressing herself in front of her group which consists of 6 girls and 1 boy

The number of students taking part in the Colchester & Essex Public Speaking Competition workshops 2019/20


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