Education Network

Our Education Network is comprised of alumni and mentors who help us to deliver many of our educational programmes and ensure that we can reach schools all over England and Wales

We take great pride in the passion and expertise of our mentors, without them we would not be able to help thousands of young people to discover their voice.

Become a mentor

Whether you’re looking to gain practical teaching experience or thinking about life post-university, mentoring with the  English-Speaking Union (ESU) will look great on your CV:

- You’ll work across England and Wales helping young people to realise their full potential by improving their communication skills and boosting their confidence

- You’ll deliver debating and public speaking workshops in schools; judge ESU-run competitions; support participants during ESU residential programmes and have the chance to travel and deliver workshops around the world

- You’ll be paid £85 for a full-day workshop and £65 for a half-day. We also offer week-long projects such as Debate Academy, our residential summer school, where you can
earn up to £550

- You’ll receive full training and ongoing professional development. The ESU also covers the cost of a Child Protection Level 2 qualification and an Enhanced DBS Disclosure

- You’ll have the opportunity for internships and paid work at ESU headquarters in Mayfair, London


Judge for the Schools' Mace

The ESU is now recruiting judges for the Schools’ Mace, a national debating competition for secondary school students. Judges will receive £30 plus travel expenses, and all necessary training is provided by the ESU. Regional heats will begin in late November and continue through to March.

To sign up to judge please complete this form.

Schools’ Mace judges are also required to complete our two online training modules to ensure we offer consistent and quality feedback to all participants:

Part one

Part two

Express an interest

To express interest in becoming an ESU Mentor or a Judge for the Schools Mace, Public Speaking or Performing Shakespeare competitions, please fill in this form. For more information about becoming a mentor, please email

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

The English-Speaking Union is committed to providing equal opportunities in our recruitment process and wants to build an accurate picture of the make-up of our workforce.

Completing this monitoring form is voluntary, however, it will allow us to assess the diversity of our workforce and ensure equal opportunities for all ESU Mentors & Judges.

The information you provide will remain confidential.

The ESU is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Therefore, we expect all employees to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced criminal records with Barred List check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The English-Speaking Union Alumni Network

The Alumni Network brings together former ESU programme participants to share ideas, network and support young people currently involved in our programmes. As well as providing regular updates to keep alumni informed about relevant opportunities and up-to-date ESU news, we hold events and reunions.

If you have ever taken part in an ESU programme, scholarship or award and would like to join the network then please get in touch with our Alumni Officer, Alex Orpin, at or on 020 7529 1596.

We love hearing about the experiences Alumni have had on our programmes and what they have gone on to do since. If you would like to share your story, or make a suggestion for an Alumni event, then please get in touch with Alex.

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Register with the Alumni Network

To be kept up-to-date with Alumni news and events, please register your details here.

If you require any assistance with this form, please contact Alex Orpin (

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Alumni Registration Form

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