PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS
A national debating competition for S1-S3 pupils. Teams of two pupils compete in a British Parliamentary format knockout competition across the academic year to be crowned Scottish Champions.
The Schools’ Mace is the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in the world. It offers students in S4 and above the opportunity to discuss and debate controversial topics and current affairs.
We run two single-speaker competitions: the ESU Scotland Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, for years S4 to S6 and the ESU Scotland Speakers’ Corner Competition for S1 to S3 pupils.
The St Andrew’s Day Tournament, held annually at The Scottish Parliament, pairs school pupils and university students to compete in a day-long tournament, culminating in a Grand Final in the main Debating Chamber.
Debate League, supported by Baillie Gifford, trains passionate and experienced university students to run a programme of debating clubs in under-resourced schools.
Speak up...! is a regional debates programme for clusters of primary and secondary schools, designed to help teachers integrate debating activities into their everyday teaching across a range of topics.
Schools and young people are at the heart of what we do. Central to our mission is a commitment to working to narrow gaps in opportunity and achievement and enable every child to discover their voice.
Whether your school is new to debating, or you’d like your team to have advanced coaching, the ESU can help. We offer a full-day and twilight CPD courses for teachers on classroom and extra-curricular debating.
We offer all kinds of debates workshops for pupils, from full-class debates, to coaching for competitions. As well as debating skills and techniques, we include plenty of games and activities to build confidence