Discover Your Voice

We run after school debating clubs in state funded schools, which give young people the skills they need to become exceptional young leaders – confidence, interpersonal communication skills and higher order thinking.

Our aims

  1. Improve Speaking and Listening attainment of students in years 5 to 13

  2. Develop soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and confidence

  3. Raise pupils’ aspirations and expectations through sustained contact with successful university students

  4. Engage young people with the world beyond the classroom, addressing issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world through an activity they enjoy

Benefits of Debating

Decades of academic research have proven that the benefits that accrue as a result of engaging in debate are numerous. Debate provides experiences that are conducive to life-changing, cognitive, and presentational skills. In addition, through debate debaters acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any other setting.

At the very least, debate helps learners to see the power of deploying rational, reasoned arguments and compelling evidence in action. It enables them to elucidate their standpoint through utilizing rhetorical eloquence. It instills in debaters a great sense of poise and confidence. It teaches them the skills of researching, organizing, and presenting information in a compelling fashion.

In general, the benefits of debate include:

  • Gaining broad, multi-faceted knowledge cutting across several disciplines outside the learner's normal academic subjects.

  • Increasing learners’ confidence, poise, and self-esteem.

  • Providing an engaging, active, learner-centered activity.

  • Improving rigorous higher order and critical thinking skills.

  • Enhancing the ability to structure and organize thoughts.

  • Enhancing learners’ analytical, research and note-taking kills

  • Improving learners’ ability to form balanced, informed arguments and to use reasoning and evidence.

  • Developing effective speech composition and delivery.

  • Encouraging teamwork.

Competitions 

Public speaking is a vital life skill that students will use throughout their academic careers and in their everyday lives. Participants leave the competition having built confidence and experience in articulating their ideas and sharing them with others.

Our pupils have taken part in the following competitions in 2017-18

  • ESU-Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools

  • Oxford Schools' Debating Competition

  • Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition

  • ESU London Debate Challenge

  • ESU Schools’ Mace

  • G&L Junior Cup

  • G&L Senior Cup

Friendly competitions with 

  • Harrow School

  • Merchant Taylor's School

  • John Lyon School

  • North London Collegiate School