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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

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

Get students talking after the summer holidays with these useful tips

A photograph of Lincolnshire members enjoyed an idyllic evening at Doddington Hall’s biennial Sculpture show.

A perfect summer’s evening in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire members enjoyed an idyllic evening at Doddington Hall’s biennial Sculpture show

Opposition team summary speaker at the Schools' Mace competition

Six benefits of public speaking competitions for students of all ages

Gavin Illsley, the ESU's Head of Programmes explains why students who take part in public speaking competitions see benefits both in and out of the classroom

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Meet new ESU trustee Sarah Harding

An ESU alumna with an international upbringing, new trustee Sarah Harding tells us a little bit about herself

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Ouse Valley Primary Public Speaking Competition

Brickhill Primary School wins the Ouse Valley Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2022

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What is Debating? The ESU’s complete guide to the history and development of debating

What is debating? Dr. Matt Hilborn dives into the history, developments, and relevancy in today’s world

Why oracy matters

Find out how the English-Speaking Union can support oracy in your school with our free webinars.

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