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My life-changing year in the US

Kane McLaughlin from Derry talks about his Secondary School Exchange to the US and the profound effect it had on him.

Bath branch: My marsh winner announced

The competition tasked young people with reviewing their favourite title on the shortlist for this year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. The winner, Brionie reviewed Bronze and Sunflower, authored by Cao Wenxuan and translated by Helen Wang, published by Walker Books.

Peter Hennessey's Joyce Rolf lecture: Brighton

Lord Hennessey of Nympsfield delivered the 2016 Joyce Rolf memorial lecture. His subject “The Kingdom to Come” focused on the challenges facing the United Kingdom after the Brexit vote and the Scottish referendum on independence.

Chester summer fundraising garden party

Branch members and their guests were joined by visiting members of the Liverpool and Merseyside Branch of the ESU for our Annual Summer fundraising event.

Pershore High School's Success in Worcester branch Public Speaking Competition

After a hard-fought competition the winners of the Public Speaking Competition were Pershore High School, and the runners-up were Bromsgrove School. There was a very high standard of research, presentation and articulate speaking throughout the competition.

Research shows that persuasive speech aids pupils' development

Communication skills such as how to speak publicly, debate, question and argue should be taught to primary school children as part of the National Curriculum, according to research carried out by leading academics.

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The effects of speaking and listening activities on primary school performance: an empirical study

Research shows children aged 7-9 years who were given more opportunities to develop their verbal and oral communication skills showed higher levels of non-verbal reasoning.

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