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Bedfordshire’s pioneering primary public speaking competition

2018 will be the eighth successive year of public speaking competitions devised and organised by the ESU Ouse Valley Branch for primary school pupils in Bedfordshire.

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.

Thinking Allowed through P4C

Harriet Goodman, trained in delivering Philosophy for Children explains how P4C can be used in the classroom to encourage debate and critical thinking.

The Power of Words

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

Lincoln branch news March to July 2017

The Lincolnshire branch, in conjunction with the University of Lincoln, hosted an inspirational lecture by Lord Boateng, on ‘Education for a Changing World’.

Harnessing the power of talk to stimulate students' thinking and advance their learning

New research from the demonstrates the importance of verbal skills in stimulating students' thinking and their ability to learn better.

3 reasons why...oracy is vital for empowering our young citizens

Three reasons why oracy is vital for creating a rich learning environment, empowered students and confident communicators.

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.

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