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How debating is getting gun reform on the table

The aftermath of the Parkland shooting is proof positive of the difference debating skills make as is being demonstrated by the anti-gun campaign #neveragain.

House of Lords Chamber Debate – the inside scoop

Students from De Aston school share their perspectives on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The importance of active listening

One of our mentors shares her experiences of the ESU Debate Tour in the USA. Active listening plays a crucial part in speaking and listening, oracy skills.

There’s no ‘I’ in Schools’ Mace

Top tips on alleviating pressure on Schools' Mace participants and how getting your whole debate club involved can maximise the potential.

Top 10 tips to…prepare your students for ESU competitions

Expert tips for competing in an ESU competition that can give your students a head start.

World Schools Debating Championships - a first-hand account

Odunayo Salu of Team Wales gives us the lowdown on being part of World Schools Debating Championship 2017.

The Power of Words

Not all schools have equal access to debate. Head Teacher Geoff Barton makes an impassioned case for why they should.

New DfE funded teaching resources: Topical lesson plans to help you discuss controversial issues in the classroom

Funded by the Department for Education and in partnership with the Association for Citizenship Teaching, we launch new debating activities and lesson plans.

Admiration, respect and good spirit: The key themes of an ESU competition

What can we learn from young people? Debating helps students with respect, confidence, critical thinking and communication skills, not just how to argue.

How the Schools' Mace made me a feminist

Schools' Mace alum talks about how the motion 'This House believes in equal pay for women' opened her eyes to feminist issues.

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