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Find out more about our debating, public speaking and cultural exchange programmes


WHAT: Two-term debating programme

AGE: Years 5 & 6

DELIVERY: ESU mentor support, teacher training and lesson plans

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Discover Your Voice

WHAT: Full- or half-day bespoke debating or public speaking workshops

AGE: Years 5-13

DELIVERY: ESU-delivered

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WHAT: Week-long residential debating programme

AGE: 14-18 year olds

DELIVERY: ESU-delivered

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Secondary School Exchange

WHAT: Year at an American high school

AGE: Post-Year 13 students

DELIVERY: Partner schools in US

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House of Lords Chamber Debate

WHAT: Prestigious debate in the House of Lords for selected schools

AGE: Year 10 and above

DELIVERY: ESU-delivered

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