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students debating at Schools' Mace competition

How you can come up with great motions for debating

As school teams get ready for another year of competition in the Schools’ Mace the ESU’s Head of Programmes, Gavin Illsley discusses how to come up with motions for debating

Oxford Spires Academy wins Oracy Culture Award 2022

The state school in East Oxford impressed judges with its numerous and far-reaching oracy activities

Liz Clutterbuck reports on her ‘vocational epiphany’ thanks to the American Memorial Chapel Travel Grant

Parish priest of Emmanuel Church in Hornsea, north London, Liz Clutterbuck explores what it means to be a parish in an American context

Students performing Shakespeare

Shakespeare in schools: how taking the plays from page to stage can benefit your students

What is the relevance of Shakespeare in schools today?

groups of students and mentors outside Debate Academy 2022 school. Excited to boost their debate skills

Debate Academy 2022 - ‘I didn’t want to leave’

Learning with leading debate coaches at Debate Academy 2022

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I'm just so grateful for all of it!’ Caitlin Nicholson tells us about her time on the SSE

Caitlin Nicholson talks about her Secondary School Exchange

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‘The Secondary School Exchange was the best year of my life so far!’ Thomas Tennett reflects on his time in America

Thomas Tennett tells us about his Secondary School Exchange year at The Governor’s Academy, Massachusetts

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‘I’d like say an overwhelming thank you’ Olivia Thomas shares some of the highlights of her SSE experience

Olivia Thomas tells us about her Secondary School Exchange year at Western Reserve Academy, Ohio

secondary school oracy workshops students public speaking

Back to school: Top tips for boosting discussion in the classroom

Get students talking after the summer holidays with these useful tips

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