Public Speaking Competition

The ISA Public Speaking Competition is an opportunity for students to display their oratory skills by performing a reading or speech to an audience. KS2 students are asked to perform a poetry reading, whilst KS3-5 are challenged to write and deliver their own speech. By practicing public speaking, students can build their confidence and learn to communicate clearly.

This year students were invited to read a poem of their choice (KS2) or write a speech on the themes "If I had a superpower it would be..." (KS3) and "The most significant day of my life" (KS4/5). From over 120 entries for the first qualification round, we saw 39 finalists performing their brilliant speech on Tuesday 19 March at Gonville & Caius, University of Cambridge. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners. You can see below the list of results.

ISA Public Speaking Competition 2024 - RESULTS

Thanks to our partner for the competition this year, the English Speaking Union (ESU). 
The English-Speaking Union is an education charity and international membership organisation working to give children and young people the speaking and listening (oracy) skills they need to thrive. They run a range of public speaking, debate and performance competitions for secondary-aged students, and offer a comprehensive oracy programme for primary and prep schools, Oracy in Action. Contact [email protected] to find out more.


ESU Resources:

Top Tips for Public Speaking 
4 Oracy Skill Sets 
Oracy In Your Classroom 
Resoning and Evidence Resource Sheet

If you have any queries about our competitions, please contact us at [email protected].

Only schools whose Head is a member of ISA are eligible to enter these competitions. Please contact our membership department if you wish to make an enquiry about joining ISA.