|We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.
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As well as the Debates Outreach Projects, ESU Scotland
offers a number of workshops with schools.
These workshops can either be pupil-focused or teacher-focused. The
workshops are half-day sessions and involve Jack Donaldson, our
Head of Speech & Debate, working
with groups on the school premises.
Each workshop is tailored to the exact needs of the school in question.
However, in the past the most popular workshops have been:
A beginners’ workshop – A beginners’
workshop is ideal for schools that have little or no debating
background or for schools that wish to embed debating at a younger age
group. These workshops involve working with a group of pupils (upper
limit 20). Introducing them to debating, taking them through the debate
process and culminating in the pupils taking part in a debate.
An advanced workshop – An advanced workshop is designed
especially for pupils that have done some competitive debating and aims to develop their skills.
In 2007 alone, we have worked with 250 pupils in such workshops. All
workshops are very interactive and the pupils are encouraged to
We have also designed two teacher workshops and both have proved
popular. These focus on the two main ways that debating can be used in
schools - in the classroom and as an extra-curricular activity.
Classroom debating workshop – the ESU has written the
Debating In Schools and one of the main
focuses of these materials is how to use debating as a curricular tool.
A workshop focusing on classroom debating involves an ESU staff member
showing a group of teachers the various ways speech & debate
activities can be used in the classroom and involves discussion of how
exactly speech & debate activities are so crucial to the
delivery of A Curriculum For Excellence.
Extra-curricular debating workshop – We also run workshops
focusing on how to set up a debating society in schools, and how to run
a debating society.
Already, many schools across the country have been taken part in
workshops with the ESU. If you would like to know more, please do get
in contact with Aissa Watson at the