Welcome to the Noisy Classroom, now in our 8th 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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Our unique oracy programme for state secondaries in England, run with the PiXL schools group, is now into its fourth year.

A richly-resourced scheme of work introduces debate at KS3, and our ‘Debating Across the Curriculum’ book gives a wealth of ideas for all subjects and age groups. Co-curricular aspects include help setting up clubs in school, and our national Up for Debate competition; the 2019 regional rounds are taking place in Reading, London, York, Northampton and Nottingham over March, April and May.

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?

Rebuttal tennis

The ball’s in your court, as singles and doubles players line up for some quick-witted rallies of responses.

This House believes that computers are better than books

Six tech-savvy and well-read primary pupils from Hackney debate this motion which is so relevant for all in education today.

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 would abandon nuclear power

Teams of 3 give 8-minute speeches and engage in rigorous analysis using the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) format.

This House would ban cars from city centres

Students from Clapton Girls’ Academy debate this interesting Geography motion in British Parliamentary (BP) format.

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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