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As part of English Speaking Board’s innovative project with Stoke schools, ESB held a conference at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium, which showcased the talent of local pupils. The 2017 Stoke Schools’ Conference was aimed at both primary and secondary schools to share best practice and support teachers.

The day ‘kicked off’ with performances from pupils of Oakhill Primary School and Thistley Hough Academy, with topics ranging from Karate to animal rights. ESB’s Business Development Adviser Alison Coates and Deputy Chief Executive Elaine Rudduck formed the ‘A&E clinic’, offering feedback, with tips and tricks on how to improve their talks in mock ESB-style assessments.

Our exclusive Q&A panel answered any niggling questions from teachers, and offered advice on how ESB can work for their pupils.

ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, said: “Today we have demonstrated the magic of giving young people an opportunity to have a voice. Schools in Stoke-on-Trent are trailblazing the inclusion of ESB into the school curriculum, and the results are already paying off.”

Acting Assistant Director of Stoke-on-Trent Local Education Authority, Rob Johnstone, said: “It has been a delight to see first-hand the fruition of our partnership with ESB, and I firmly believe that it has accelerated our the progress of our pupils, preparing them for further education and the world of work which lies ahead.”

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