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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.

Get 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.

Participating students:

  • Develop presentation, research and logical thinking skills
  • Learn history and environmental science in a real-world context with inspiring activities from The Royal Parks
  • Build 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 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, thanks to the generous support of Almacantar.

Applications for this year are now closed. If you’re interested in taking part in a future debating challenge, drop us a line on 0300 061 2286 or email

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