Training and Workshops

Primary Debating Workshops

After running full days of coaching with over 3,600 primary students across NSW last year, we're keen to get back into it for 2018! 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 2018. 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 2018 rolls on. Hope to see you there!

Hunter/Central Coast (download application form here)

Monday 12 February @ Edgeworth Public School
Tuesday 13 February @ Maitland East Public School
Wednesday 14 February @ Adamstown Public School
Thursday 15 February @ Jewells Public School
Friday 16 February @ Hamilton South Public School
Monday 19 February @ Singleton Heights Public School
Tuesday 20 February @ Avoca Beach Public School
Wednesday 21 February @ Mannering Park Public School
Thursday 22 February @ Erina Heights Public School

Adjudicator Training

The main course for training of new adjudicators took place at The Arts Unit, The Boulevarde, Lewisham on the last Saturday in February from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

In 2017 The Arts Unit will be running a number of Adjudicator Training Courses in venues across NSW. The workshops will be run by highly qualified tutors and will cover all aspects of adjudicating, including Matter and Rebuttal, Definition and Method, and Public Speaking and Manner. A DVD of a past debating final will be shown to all participants. These days 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. 

The first course took place on Thursday 9 March, 2017 at Oxley High School, Piper Street Tamworth 2340.
Further courses are planned for later in the year. The structure of each course is as follows:
Time: 10.00am until 3.00pm. (Please ensure you arrive in time to register by 9.45am).
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:
Lloyd Cameron, 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.