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Speaking up for success

Students speak up for the value of oracy

Joah and Makeda sitting down inside their classroom and Makeda is speaking.


The ESU has submitted evidence to the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group’s 2019 inquiry, Speaking for Change. Read a summary of our submission here.

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition winners 2019

Congratulations to all the winners at the national final of the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, held at Churchill College Cambridge on 27 April

Mace goes to Mersey

The team from St Francis Xavier’s College, a state school in Liverpool, has been named the winner of the English-Speaking Union’s School’s Mace 2019.

A female Secondary School Teacher holding books in her hand in the classroom with students sitting down and one female standing.

ESU Oracy Culture Award 2019 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winning schools for this year’s ESU Oracy Culture Award.

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Grand Final 2019

Free tickets to the Public Speaking Competition final – register now to see some of the best speakers in England and Wales. Saturday, 27 April. Churchill College, Cambridge.

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Scottish teacher wins inaugural International Oracy Teacher Award

New award recognises excellence in oracy teaching around the world.

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International Oracy Teacher Award - shortlist 2018!

See the shortlist for our inaugural International Oracy Teacher Award.

Winners of the 2018 ESU English Language Awards announced

From apps and games to coursebooks and puppets, the variety of English language teaching resources in this year’s English Language Awards showed real innovation.

World Schools Debating Championships 2018 selection criteria

Read about our changes to the selection process to help ensure excellence through diversity.

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