Training and Workshops

Primary Debating Workshops

After running full days of coaching with over 4,200 primary students across NSW last year, we're keen to get back into it for 2020! If you haven't been to the workshop days before, they're run by the department's most senior (but also least scary) adjudicators and coaches, and they cover all the things you need to know for primary school debating including rebuttal, arguments, definitions and speakers' roles, as well as a few games and activities and a chance for every single student to deliver a short debating speech and get some feedback. The days are appropriate for Years 5&6 kids of all levels from beginner to advanced, and are a great way for both students and teachers to learn more about debating and hear from the people who will be adjudicating the finals of the Premier's Debating Challenge in 2020. Below is the information for the days we've arranged so far, and we'll add more days and regions here as the first term of 2020 arrives. Hope to see you there!

Hunter/Central Coast (download application form here)

Monday 10 February @ Edgeworth Public School
Tuesday 11 February @ Valentine Public School
Wednesday 12 February @ New Lambton South Public School
Thursday 13 February @ Ashtonfield Public School
Friday 14 February @ The Junction Public School
Monday 17 February @ Singleton Heights Public School
Tuesday 18 February @ Mannering Park Public School
Wednesday 19 February @ Avoca Beach Public School
Thursday 20 February @ Erina Heights Public School

South Western Sydney (download application form here)

Monday 24 February @ Georges Hall Public School
Tuesday 25 February @ Strathfield North Public School
Wednesday 26 February @ Robert Townson Public School
Thursday 27 February @ Greenway Park Public School

North Coast (download application form here)

Monday 2 March @ Bangalow Public School
Tuesday 3 March @ Alstonville Public School
Wednesday 4 March @ Sawtell Public School
Thursday 5 March @ Frank Partridge VC Public School
Friday 6 March @ Laurieton Public School

Professional Learning

High quality, engaging professional learning, accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers is available to support all the Art Unit programs.

Students are not the only ones who benefit from participation in Arts Unit activities. Teachers also receive the opportunity for professional development by attending the Professional Learning workshops. NSW public schools teachers can attend targeted professional learning and development workshops where they develop their knowledge and skills about training debating teams and adjudicating skills. This enables teachers to develop their school based debating program and prepare their teams more thoroughly for the state based competitions.