Speak Up! 

Young people out in the parkGet your students inspired by the history of Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, and the principle of free speech that’s such a cornerstone of life in the UK.

Speak Up! The Hyde Park Debating Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for London students in Year 8 and 9 to debate in the historic surroundings of Speakers' Corner. Participating students will:

  • Develop presentation, research and logical thinking skills
  • Learn history and environmental science in a real-world context with inspiring activities from the Royal Parks Foundation
  • Build confidence with expert coaching from Debate Mate

It all kicks off with an exciting event bringing different schools together at the Hyde Park Education Centre for a live debate. The next step is for 100 chosen students to develop their skills through a series of workshops back at their respective schools, preparing them for a public competition in June, live at Speakers’ Corner.

In the autumn term, the new debate teams will share what they’ve learned at their schools, and have an open debate on a topic of their choice with their peers. Taster workshops on debating will be offered to new students forming part of a new debating team for each participating school, with the option to join a London-wide debating league.

Speak Up! is completely free of charge to participating schools, subject to successful application.

Applications are open until 21 February 2017 - find out more about how to secure your school’s place here.