Speak Up! The Hyde Park Debating Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for London students in year 8 and 9 to debate in the historic surroundings of Speakers' Corner, which took place in 2017.
It aimed to get 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.
- Developed presentation, research and logical thinking skills
- Learnt history and environmental science in a real-world context with inspiring activities from The Royal Parks
- Built confidence with expert coaching from Debate Mate
It all kicked off in May 2017 with an exciting event that brought different schools together at The LookOut, Hyde Park for a live debate. Then 100 chosen students developed their debating skills through a series of workshops back at their respective schools, to prepare them for a live public competition held at Speakers’ Corner in June.
In the autumn term, the new debate teams shared what they’d learned at their schools, and had an open debate on a topic of their choice with their peers. Taster workshops on debating were 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! was completely free of charge to participating schools, thanks to the generous support of Almacantar.
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