Confidence to argue

Building year 10 pupils’ confidence to produce good spoken arguments, from the University of Oxford


Activity type: free online toolkit, webinar, and competition

Year group: year 10

Gatsby Benchmarks: 7


To develop year 10 learners’ confidence and capacity to make and present good spoken arguments


  • To develop skills through educational projects which encourage active learning (NERUPI P2)
  • To increase confidence in their capacity to progress onto Higher Education (NERUPI B2)

Learning Outcomes

Through this programme, learners will:

  • Be able to identify some good and fallacious types of logical constructions
  • Be able to identify and speak about a topic about which they are passionate
  • Feel more confident in voicing their arguments
  • Have improved presentation skills


Offering effective tools for Year 10 students to build students’ confidence to produce well-constructed written and spoken arguments.

  • How to structure ideas
  • Presentation skills
  • Spotting bad arguments and fallacies
  • Language fluency (linking words, pauses and connecting phrases)

Many young learners find it difficult to find the confidence to speak out on academic matters, and this confidence can adversely affect attainment and progression to higher education and fulfilling employment. Our programme offers a range of tools to support your pupils to develop key academic skills in critical thinking, creative ideation, structured responses to assessment, and authoritative presentation.

How it works

For now all of our activities are online only rather than in-person. There are three parts to the programme.

  • Toolkit: resources that we have developed that you can use either in full hour-long sessions or as bitesized chunks. Features a mix of videos, worksheets, and exercises.
  • Webinar: live webinar using and building on the toolkit. Usually one hour in duration.
  • Competition: participants will have opportunity to take the ‘Confidence to argue challenge’. Working in small groups, they’ll be tasked with finding and developing an argument which they will develop and present using the skills they have learned from the programme.


The ‘Confidence to argue’ programme for 2020/21 launches in the new year. To book now or make enquiries, please send us an email. We can discuss your needs with you by phone, videocall or email.

Eligibility criteria apply to access our programmes.

What people say about 'Confidence to argue'


Had a better idea of how to recognise good arguments


Had a better idea of how to make good arguments of their own


Had a better idea of how to present their arguments to others


Found individual sessions useful when averaged




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