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‘This helped the children to work as a team and build self-confidence

Local competitions

A student, in the role of the chairperson, delivering her remarks while her teams mates watch and listen to her carefully

Primary Public Speaking & Debating Competitions

Years 4 to 6

Some ESU branches – Colchester, Ouse Valley, South Wales and Lincolnshire – each have highly successful primary-level initiatives, comprising workshops, a junior debate academy and competitions. The majority are volunteer-run by highly respected educationalists and are free to the schools involved.

In 2018-19, over 2,000 pupils took part in ESU primary competitions.



East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition

Years 12 & 13

Schools in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire can also enter a sixth form public speaking competition. In 2019, 57  young people from seven state and four independent schools took part.

3 students, one boy on a chair and two girls standing, posing with their finalist certificate
‘Having a visitor to introduce this meant that the children were engaged and interested’


Bromham CoE Primary School


For more information on any of these programmes, please email

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