An award recognising and celebrating those schools placing oracy at the heart of their curriculum

Oracy Culture Award

What: An award recognising primary and secondary schools’ efforts to cultivate a sustainable culture of oracy

Prize: A free, full-day public speaking or debating workshop for up to 24 students and a trophy

When: Applications are open from January to early March each year. Winners are announced in March

The English-Speaking Union’s Oracy Culture Award is the only national award which recognises and celebrates those schools placing oracy at the heart of their curriculum. There are two award categories: one for primary and one for secondary schools. Entry is via a simple application form (see below), anonymised and judged by an impartial panel with experience in oracy education. Applications close on Friday, 8 March and the winners will be notified by 13 March. Representatives from the winning schools will be invited to accept their award at the Schools’ Mace 2018-19 national final on Monday, 25 March 2019 at Dartmouth House, London.

Your school is eligible to apply if it has taken part in any of the following ESU programmes from September 2017 to January 2019: the Big Debate Day, Debate-able, Discover Debating, Discover Your Voice, House of Lords Chamber Debate, London Debate Challenge, Performing Shakespeare, the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, or the Schools’ Mace.

  • Gain recognition for your school’s work promoting oracy
  • Win a debating or public speaking workshop for up to 24 students, worth £600
  • Excellent promotional tool helping your school to attract more students and teachers
  • Winner/Highly Commended logo to use on website and letterheads etc
  • Winner’s trophy to keep and display
  • Boost enthusiasm for oracy amongst students and parents
  • Provide Ofsted with evidence of promoting SMSC education

Application form

To enter, please download the application form, save it to your computer, complete it and then return to

Oracy Culture Award Application Form (editable PDF)
Oracy Culture Award Application Form (Word version)