Training and Workshops

Primary Debating Workshops

Last year the Premier's Debating Challenge ran full coaching days for over 3,900 primary students across NSW, and we can't wait to get back to it in 2019! 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 give 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 2019. 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 2019 arrives. Hope to see you there!

Hunter/Central Coast (download application form here)

Monday 11 February @ Edgeworth Public School
Tuesday 12 February @ Valentine Public School
Wednesday 13 February @ Adamstown Public School
Thursday 14 February @ Ashtonfield Public School
Friday 15 February @ The Junction Public School
Monday 18 February @ Singleton Heights Public School
Tuesday 19 February @ Avoca Beach Public School
Wednesday 20 February @ Mannering Park Public School
Thursday 21 February @ Erina Heights Public School

North Coast (download application form here)

Monday 25 February @ Bangalow Public School
Tuesday 26 February @ Alstonville Public School
Wednesday 27 February @ Sawtell Public School
Thursday 28 February @ Hastings Public School
Friday 1 March @ Laurieton Public School

2018 Adjudicator Training

The main course for training of new adjudicators will take place at The Arts Unit, The Boulevarde, Lewisham on Saturday 24 February from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The workshops are run by highly qualified tutors and will cover all aspects of adjudicating, including Matter and Rebuttal, Definition and Method, and Public Speaking and Manner. An exhibition debate is analysed as part of the course content. Days such as this are an excellent opportunity for both potential adjudicators and those who have been trained previously to learn more about current best practice and then adjudicate in schools with confidence.

Open to: Anyone wishing to adjudicate debating or public speaking competitions organised by the Department of Education and to  current adjudicators wishing to update their skills.
Cost: This is a free event. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided for all participants. 
Bring: Paper and pen. (New adjudicators will need to bring proof of ID and provide a Working with Children Clearance Number). 
For more information please contact:
Andrew lasaitis, The Arts Unit or email to or phone 8512 1172

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.