Introduction

The English Speaking Union delivers education programmes, projects, and competitions across England and Wales that enable a wide range of people to 'discover their voice'. Central to our mission is a commitment to working with schools and young people to narrow gaps in opportunity and achievement.

In order to run our competitions and reach as many young people as possible, we rely on the support of judges and volunteers across England and Wales. Judges of all our competitions are required to complete an online training module to ensure all participants receive effective and supportive feedback at every stage of the competition.
ESU competitions

ESU Schools' Mace (November - March)
The Schools’ Mace is the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in the United Kingdom. It offers students in Key Stage 3 and onwards the opportunity to discuss and debate controversial topics and current affairs. Working in teams of two, students enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school. There are 2 rounds of the competition which consist of multiple regional heats, followed by Regional Finals, and then the National Final.
Judges for this competition are paid £40 per heat plus expenses.

ESU-Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools (November - April)
The ESU's Public Speaking Competition for Key Stage 3 & 4 students (years 9 - 11) is the largest in England and Wales. It challenges students to engage with wide-ranging cross-curricular topics, whilst helping to meet National Curriculum speaking and listening targets. ESU branches run various regional heats, building to Regional Finals, and a Grand Final.
For this competition we are looking for both judges and other volunteers to support the running of the competition. Volunteer duties can include MCing, welcoming the audience, handing out programmes and supporting the judges. These positions are voluntary, however the ESU will reimburse expenses.

ESU Performing Shakespeare competition (January - June)
The Performing Shakespeare Competition allows Key Stage 3 and home-schooled pupils in England and Wales, between the ages of 11 and 14, to demonstrate and develop their creativity, their confidence and their ability to express themselves. The regional heats will take place over January/February, the Regional Finals in March/April, and the Grand Final in June.
For this competition we are looking for both judges and other volunteers (as above). These positions are voluntary, however the ESU will reimburse expenses.

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