The ESU’s Churchill Public Speaking Competition (PSC) for Key Stage 3 & 4 students (years 9 – 11) challenges students to engage with wide-ranging cross-curricular topics, whilst helping to meet National Curriculum speaking and listening targets. It is now the largest public-speaking competition in England and Wales.

Before registering, please note the following information:

Entry cost: 

  • In order to cover the cost of running the competition, we charge a small fee of £30 per team, charged upon registering below.
  • If you are unable to pay with a credit card at this moment in time, please select the ‘Offline Payment’ tab at the top of the form. This will allow you to register and receive an invoice from our Accounts team.
  • Where schools are experiencing financial difficulties, and the fee may be a barrier to your school participating, the English-Speaking Union can waive fees in some circumstances. There are two options:
    • Register and pay now and then tick the box at the end of this form to apply for reimbursement (schools will be prioritised on a basis of percentage of free school meals (FSM) and students with English as an additional language (EAL))
    • If you are unable to pay at this moment in time and would like to apply for a fee waiver, please email our Lead Organiser, Matthew Christmas at (please note that we can only accept these applications three weeks before the registration deadline on 19th October 2018)

ESU Branch delivery:

First started by the English-Speaking Union’s Brighton & Hove branch almost 60 years ago, the Churchill National Public Speaking competition continues to be delivered by our network of members across England & Wales.

The role of the ESU’s regional branches is to organise the arrangements and venue of the local competition heats and regional finals. In the form below, you will be asked to select your closest ESU branch. Please note that if you are not able to travel to any of the listed locations, we may be unable to accommodate your school’s participation. In the case that we cannot host you, we will of course reimburse you. The ESU runs competitions and educational programmes across England and Wales for all schools. We’d love to see how else we can support the development of oracy in your school through our other programmes, teacher resources, CPD opportunities and competitions. For alternatives to the PSC please see the Schools’ Mace debating competition and our Discover Your Voice oracy training programme. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this please contact Lead Organiser, Matthew Christmas, at

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In order to support the smooth running of the competition, we rely on the generosity of schools and venues across England and Wales to offer their spaces for the heats and regional finals. If you think your school would be able to welcome up to 7 other teams into a suitably large classroom or hall and host a round of the competition, we’d love to get in touch with you. To find out more about what this entails, read this information sheet.


We know that sometimes things just don’t go to plan and schools are unable to participate or attend extra-curricular activities. In the event that we lose communication with you, please nominate a colleague who we will be able to reach instead, to ensure that minimal disruption is caused and you can let us know as soon as possible if you come across any challenges.


  • How can you and your students best prepare for the competition?

We highly recommend that you keep an eye out for e-newsletters in your inbox throughout the competition. We’ll be sending you regular updates, tips, interactive games for the classroom and teaching resources to ensure that you are kept up-to-date and primed for an enjoyable and valuable educational experience.

  • We’re often asked for tips on how to alleviate unforeseen problems from arising such as illness

So that you have ‘reserves’ in case of illness or absence, we would recommend assembling a ‘public speaking squad’ who can support one another throughout the competition and ensure you have a strong team throughout.


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