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Oracy Through Debate Workshops - Interactive debate workshops delivered by experts

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Oracy Through Debate Workshops

  • Suitable for: Year 4 to Year 11
  • Workshop length: Workshops last 2.5 hours (but multiple options can be combined to create a full-day programme)
  • Delivery: ESU oracy experts
  • Pricing: Starting from £400 (All expenses included)

Our debate workshops provide students with plenty of opportunities to use their voice, to craft arguments based on reasoning and evidence, and – just as importantly – to listen! This workshop series is developed to provide students with an excellent foundation in oracy which can be directly translated into classroom activity.

The chart below is a rough guide to how our workshop levels match up to year groups and age-related expectations:

Beginners Debate

Workshop One

This workshop covers an introduction to debating, why it is important, and models how to use these skills across the curriculum to encourage all children to use their voice confidently and effectively. This culminates in an interactive capstone activity called Captain’s Choice.

 

Workshop Two

This workshop develops the learning covered in workshop one with a recap of (or introduction to) what debating is. In addition to reviewing crucial debating skills, we have included new terminology and techniques to encourage children to share their opinions effectively. This is a great workshop if you are already using debate in your school and want to challenge your pupils a little more to expand their skills and higher-level speaking ability. This culminates in a thought-provoking capstone called Where do you stand?

 

Workshop Three: Mace Debate Event – Coming Soon! 

This workshop is an excellent end-of-year capstone or an engaging way to showcase oracy skills within the school. It can also be used as a practice opportunity for debate teams who may be entering formal competitions.

  • Full day: Our full-day offer begins with some warm-up debate activities before we support students to take part in a mace debate. This involves structured research support, preparation of speeches and practice. This will be followed by a performance in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event where you are free to invite an audience and judging panel of your choice. No advance preparation is needed by the students; however, we strongly recommend some prior knowledge of debating.
  • Event only: Showcase all your hard work in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event. All ESU resources and instructions will be provided in advance, and you will also receive advice as you prepare your own debate teams for this fantastic opportunity.

 

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5 students celebrating their win at the School's Mace Grand Final

Intermediate Debate

Workshop One

This workshop covers an introduction to debating and why it is important. Focusing on the formulation of strong arguments and exploration of delivery techniques, it also supports students to use their voice confidently and effectively. This culminates in a quick-fire capstone activity called The Alley Debate.

 

Workshop Two

This workshop develops the learning covered in workshop one, with a recap of (or introduction to) what debating is, and some more advanced activities and techniques to encourage children to think critically and listen actively. This is a great workshop if you are already using debating in your school and want to challenge your pupils a little more to expand their skills and higher-level speaking ability. This culminates in an interactive Million Pound Top Trumps debating capstone.

 

Workshop Three: Mace Debate Event – Coming Soon! 

This workshop is an excellent end-of-year capstone, or an engaging way to showcase oracy skills within the school. It can also be used as a practice opportunity for debate teams who may be entering formal competitions. If you are entering your school into the ESU Schools’ Mace Competition this is the ideal way of having an in-house round to involve more students and select your team!

  • Full day: Our full-day offer begins with some warm-up debate activities before we support students to take part in a mace debate. This involves structured research support, preparation of speeches and practice. This will be followed by a performance in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event where you are free to invite an audience and judging panel of your choice. No advance preparation is needed by the students; however, we strongly recommend some prior knowledge of debating.
  • Event only: Showcase all your hard work in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event. All ESU resources and instructions will be provided in advance, and you will also receive advice as you prepare your own debate teams for this fantastic opportunity.

 

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Advanced Debate

Workshop One

This workshop covers an introduction to debating and key terminology with a light touch on the ESU Schools’ Mace, before exploring a range of motions and stakeholder perspectives. Students will be encouraged to use their voices confidently and effectively whilst generating strong and balanced ideas. This culminates in an engaging capstone activity called Stakeholder Showdown.

 

Workshop Two

This workshop develops the learning covered in workshop one, delving into some more advanced activities and techniques to encourage students to think critically, listen actively, and share knowledge effectively. Students are then guided through constructing a well-synthesised argument before putting their skills into practice in The Voices of Tomorrow debating capstone.

 

Workshop Three: Mace Debate Event – Coming Soon! 

This workshop is an excellent end-of-year capstone, or an engaging way to showcase oracy skills within the school. It can also be used as a practice opportunity for debate teams who may be entering formal competitions. If you are entering your school into the ESU Schools’ Mace Competition this is the ideal way of having an in-house round to involve more students and select your team!

  • Full day: Our full day offer begins with some warm-up debate activities before we support students to take part in a mace debate. This involves structured research support, preparation of speeches and practice. This will be followed by a performance in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event where you are free to invite an audience and judging panel of your choice. No advance preparation is needed by the students; however, we strongly recommend some prior knowledge of debating.
  • Event only: Showcase all your hard work in an ESU-endorsed and facilitated mace debate event. All ESU resources and instructions will be provided in advance, and you will also receive advice as you prepare your own debate teams for this fantastic opportunity.

 

I took part in ESU competitions throughout school and I really wanted to give back and become a mentor myself

Constance Collard

ESU alumna and oracy trainer & mentor

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