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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#KeepKidsTalking is a project from ‘The Noisy Classroom’ – UK Specialists in Critical Oracy. These unusual times have inspired us to create free resources for parents to help them to #KeepKidsTalking We’ve created a new tab at the top of this page, just for parents!

We hope you will be inspired by some of the games, resources and activities we are providing during lockdown. We’d love to hear how you get on! Send your comments, pictures and videos to debbie@noisyclassroom.com And for even more ideas and free resources, please visit us at:  Facebook Keep Kids Talking (opens in a new tab) or follow us on Twitter @KeepKidsTalking

Make a change

A quick exercise based on the timeless question, “what would you do if you could change the world?”

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?

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 believes that the Treaty of Versailles was the main cause of World War II

GCSE pupils from Hackney debate this history exam classic in a 2-a-side format with audience questions.

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