• Relevant for:
    Secondary, 16 - 19
  • Date:
    Annual secondary school debating/oracy competition (registration shuts for 2021-22 academic year on 01 October 2021)
  • Cost:

The competition is closed for this year; registration will open again in June 2022 for the 2022-23 season.

The English-Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England, hones your students’ debate skills in a fun, competitive environment. Working in teams, students enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school and giving them a sense of pride in themselves and their achievements.

“The Schools’ Mace competition led to my whole career. If you do well in a competition, you get a sense of where you are and what you can achieve. It makes you realise that anything is possible.” (Krishnan Guru-Murthy: Presenter, Channel 4 News.)

  • £45 is the main entry cost
  • £25 for schools with higher than either 20% FSM or 20% EAL
  • Fee waivers can be considered in cases of real need

The fee is per team (3 from a squad of 5 that can be rotated between rounds).  A school can enter one team.

Four rounds; first on Zoom and the other three in person.

ESU Schools' Mace Handbook ESU Schools' Mace Format ESU Competitions - Key Date Chart

Register Here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/esu2021reg

ESU Competitions - Costings and Structure