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.
How debating mental health has helped me with Autism: One participant shares their story
Holly, an ESU participant with Austism talks about how debating and learning to structure and arguments has helped her in social situations.