It is particularly beneficial for students to have opportunities to compete against, and learn from, young people from other schools.
Teacher, Marr College
SCHOOLS' PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITIONS
The ESU Scotland Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, for pupils in years S4 to S6 (aged 18 or under), and the ESU Scotland Speakers’ Corner Challenge Competition for S1 to S3 pupils.
ESU Scotland runs two single-speaker competitions: the ESU Scotland Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, for pupils in years S4 to S6 (aged 18 or under), and the ESU Scotland Speakers’ Corner Challenge Competition for S1 to S3 pupils.
Different themes are set for the preliminary rounds and the final, and the format allows pupils to present a creative speech of five minutes on a very broad topic. This provides a forum to develop their own personal speaking style and to build confidence in articulating and sharing their ideas; skills that will help them at school and throughout their everyday lives. Recent themes have included topical subjects and literary quotes.
Speakers are expected to answer questions after their speech, posed by the adjudication panel to help ascertain how well-researched the speaker is.
The ESU Scotland Public Speaking Competitions are funded by a generous bequest from Miss Evelyn Small.
2019-20 COMPETITION & RESOURCES
Registration is now open for the 2019-20 Public Speaking Competitions.
KEY DATES FOR 2019-20 COMPETITION
Friday 6th September - closing date for entries
Tuesday 12th November- heats
Thursday 14th November- heats
Tuesday 19th November- heats
Thursday 21st November- heats
GRAND FINAL DATE AND THEMES TO BE CONFIRMED
Please keep an eye on this page for updated information.
"I'm Magen. As an aspiring lawyer, I found the Public Speaking competition to be great fun. It not only helped to improve my overall public speaking skills, but gave me the opportunity to meet other young people and learn different styles of public speaking. "
Magen, 2016-17 Schools' Public Speaking Competition Champion