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March 2021

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Mace final with Lady Hale

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Following Baroness Hale's highly engaging Evelyn Wrench Lecture in November, we are honoured that she has agreed to chair the panel of judges at the final of the Schools' Mace debating competition at 3pm on Friday, 29 March. Twelve schools have made it through to the semi-finals (which will be held that morning) and we look forward to seeing which two teams will progress to the final debate whose motion, 'This House regrets the romanticisation of motherhood', is sure to make…

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December 2021

Zoom: London branch AGM

Monday, 20th December 2021, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU London Branch would like to invite all ESU members of London Branch to its Annual General Meeting, being held on 20th December 2021on Zoom. The meeting is an opportunity hear what the committee has been doing this year, and its plans for next year. It is also a forum for your voice to be heard – let us know what we are doing well and what we could improve on. Amongst other things, we will be discussing and…

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January 2022

ESU Secondary School Exchange Webinar

Monday, 31st January, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Are you interested in spending a whole academic year at a US high school during your gap year?   The ESU’s Secondary School Exchange offers students the opportunity to spend a gap year at an American high school at the end of Year 13. It’s a fantastic chance for students to spend time abroad broadening their horizons, making new friends and continuing their education free of exam pressures.   Students return with increased confidence, a better understanding of diverse perspectives…

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February 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Why oracy skills are vital to children’s development’ with Professor Neil Mercer

Wednesday, 9th February, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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'Why oracy skills are vital to children's development' Professor Neil Mercer  (University of Cambridge, and Director, Oracy Cambridge) in conversation with Barbara Firth, governor, the English-Speaking Union. Research has shown that children’s spoken language experience is very important for the development of their reasoning skills, their subject learning and their life chances in general. It is also known that many children’s out-of-school lives will not provide the kinds of experience they need to develop a full repertoire of spoken language…

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March 2022

Lincolnshire Branch Event: Educating for the Future – An Evening with Sir Jon Coles

Tuesday, 29th March, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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children cheering school oracy workshops

The Lincolnshire Branch of the ESU are linking with Dartmouth House to host an online evening with Sir John Coles . Respected educationalist and Chief Executive of United Learning Sir Jon Coles will be joining Matthew Christmas, Head of Engagement at the English-Speaking Union, to discuss some of the key questions in education today and to consider how we can future-proof our students’ education. Among the topics under discussion will be: The impacts of Covid on learners and what the…

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May 2022

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Finals 2022

Sunday, 8th May, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Storey's Way
Cambridge, England CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society, is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practice and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. Thirteen teams have succeeded through almost five months of…

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June 2022

Zoom Event: The ESU Friendly International Forum hosted by ESU Poland

Monday, 13th June, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The ESU Friendly International Forum is an informal forum aimed at exchanging views, with an underlying aim of building future collaborations and initiatives. The host of the FIF moves between different ESUs internationally and each forum centres around a topic selected by the hosting nation. The topic of this fourth FIF, hosted by our Polish colleagues, will be: ‘What motivates us to promote public speaking in our respective countries?’ The ESU has always been a conduit to share and exchange…

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Ouse Valley Branch: Primary Public Speaking Competition

Wednesday, 15th June, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bedford Prep School, De Parys Ave
Bedford, MK40 2TU
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Ouse Valley branch will be holding a Primary Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday, 15 June at Bedford Prep School.

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Ouse Valley Branch: Primary Debate Academy

Thursday, 30th June, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Ave
Bedford, MK41 9EA
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Ouse Valley branch will be holding a Primary Debate Academy on Thursday, 30 June at the University of Bedford, Polhill campus.

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October 2022

The ESU International Council Meeting 2022

Thursday, 27th October - Monday, 31st October
Karachi, Mövenpick Karachi, Club Road
Karachi, Karachi City Sindh 75530 Pakistan
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The English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting 2022 is being held in Karachi, Pakistan from Thursday, 27 to Monday, 31 October 2022. The ICM is a formal annual meeting of International ESUs from across the globe, and ESU members and guests who wish to attend would receive a very warm welcome from ESU Pakistan. The package cost for delegates is £450 per attendee, and £410 per attendee for their guests. If you would like further information and to book a place…

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