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It’s FREE and EASY to take part in the ESU Festival of Speaking!

Erin Young

University student

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The ESU helps young people become confident communicators and, in these testing times when most schooling is online, students will benefit from developing their speaking skills more than ever before.

All students from primary upwards are invited to film themselves in a short video (1-5 minutes) delivering a speech, a poem, a monologue etc and post it on a social media platform of their choice using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking.

You are free to talk about whichever subject you choose but if you’re stuck for ideas, this month’s theme is: ‘Education Today’.

We are releasing three related themes, each aimed at a slightly difference audience, to ignite thought and discussion.

Mace/Debating: This house believes that virtual learning environments should replace traditional classrooms

PSC/Speaking: The ‘new normal’ is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to address the education poverty gap

Primary Schools: Should teachers be replaced by robots?

To help get the juices flowing, ESU alumna Erin Young has written a thought-provoking piece, arguing against the first theme. As she says, ‘One could argue that one of the most important aspects of going to school is becoming aware of the world and the wonderful diversity within it.’ Please do take a moment to read her full argument here, and then tell us what you think!

Simply film yourself telling us about your response and post it on a social media platform of your choice with the hashtag #ESUfestivalofspeaking.

We look forward to seeing your contributions.

See other entries here and remember, this is not a competition and there are no winners – it is a celebration of the voices of young people – so there are no rules that have to be obeyed.

For some general information on how to take part and how to make your video, please click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at


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Watch Che Kadwill with staff and students of St Thomas More School talk about all the different ways they can get involved in the Festival

There are three main ways to get involved. Whichever you choose, remember to post your film on the social media platform of your choice using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking


Tell us about something you care about, or read us a poem you love.

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Film yourself performing a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Show us that it is possible to bring your family together through argument!

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Plan. Practise. Perform. Post. Wherever you post, don’t forget to use the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking

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