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We rely on the generous support of our members, donors and volunteers to ensure we can reach those children who need our help most.

The English-Speaking Union believes every child should be able to make their voice heard. We believe that the ability to progress and to thrive in life relies on oracy – speaking and listening – skills, which are not currently a prominent part of the school curriculum.

Our debate, public speaking and cultural exchange programmes help young people to engage with the world, to speak more confidently and understand different points of view. These skills improve young people’s attainment, emotional intelligence and social skills, helping them to live their lives to the fullest.

We work with young people and their teachers to improve oracy skills and cross-cultural understanding, particularly in areas of disadvantage. Our programmes include competitions, debates, student exchanges, teacher training, classroom outreach, oracy research and scholarships. Our work is underpinned by over 100 years of expertise in the field of debate and public speaking delivery, policy and research.

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