Welcome to the Noisy Classroom, now in our 12th year supporting the use of speaking and listening in the classroom. Our aim is to help teachers use a range of debate, discussion, dialogue, role play and enquiry as part of the Noisy Learning experience.

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Introducing the International Oratory Festival

We’re really excited to annouce the first year of the International Oratory Festival. It’s an online celebration of speech and drama, taking place on Zoom in time zones around the world from 17 May – 27 May 2022. Do you love words? Do you like to meet new people from around the world? Do you like to think differently? If you do, head over to our new website at oratoryfestival.com.

If you are enjoying using this website to support oracy and debate in your classroom, there are even more ideas available in our book “The Noisy Classroom: Developing Debate and Critical Oracy in Schools”. Available on amazon or through your favourite bookseller.

This House believes that the Olympics will be good for Hackney

A great example of a topical and geographically-specific topic from 2012; what similar motions might you set?

Boxing match debate

“Roll up, roll up for the boxing match debate”, the Noisy Classroom’s big-hitter for differentiation and teamwork.

Where do you stand?

Are you on one side, or the other? Who occupies the centre ground? Are you part of a group or out on a limb?

This House believes that it is worse to eat too much than to eat too little

Weighty arguments in our lean, mean 2-a-side format with plenty of audience questions for dessert.

How to prepare for a debate

Students from Clapton Girls’ Academy show us the key steps to prepare as a team for a debate, using the BP format.

This House believes that Romeo and Juliet’s parents were responsible for their children’s deaths

Two debate teams, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene …

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Testimonials

The children loved it! It was great to see some games like debate tennis which we have all said we will use it again. It was tailored well to our requirements about suffragettes and inspired the children to write some lovely pieces the next day.  
Teacher, Minster Primary School
Teacher, Minster Primary School
Take it from me, a debating veteran, it was s stunning, life-enhancing day. The time and format put young people at their ease so that they could shine. And shine they did. It was some of the best quality junior debating I have seen. 
Anonymous Teacher, Up For Debate Final
Anonymous Teacher, Up For Debate Final
It was refreshingly valuable. For once, I didn’t feel patronised or reminded how to ‘suck eggs.’
It was wonderful to see someone who was so passionate and clearly a subject expert, share her experiences and real ways to make this work.
I also appreciated, even though you aren’t a teacher, your ability to make it completely applicable to our job. You were aware of the frustrations we face with curriculum and school bureaucracy but also offered practical and beneficial solutions to things we hadn’t even anticipated.
It was a pleasure to meet you.
Anonymous teacher, CPD Session November 2018
Anonymous teacher, CPD Session November 2018
Your trainer was funny as well as informative, and creative in his delivery! It allowed the staff to get students engaged in learning through simple tried-and-tested techniques that aren’t too difficult ...
Michelle Fennell, Head of Humanities
Michelle Fennell, Head of Humanities
on a CPD events for teachers integrating debating, role play and improvisation
It was such an amazing project to be part of – we’ve really got a lot from it.
Anna Yates, primary teacher
Anna Yates, primary teacher
on the Hackney Debate Challenge sponsored by Linklaters
The training was tremendously stimulating ...
Des Barrow, Geography teacher
Des Barrow, Geography teacher

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