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Friday, November 2, 2018


Welcome to Debating For Everyone!

About Debating For Everyone

Debating For Everyone is a blog and website offering practical tips to improve students' debating, along with recommendations of books and podcasts, and occasional guest posts from partnership organisations. 

Posting weekly in term time, it is hosted by Julian Bell, Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School in London, UK.

Julian offers training and consultancy services for schools who want to introduce debating or  to improve their students' debating skills. He helped to set up the debating programme at Radnor House Sevenoaks, whose Principal, David Paton, said ‘With nearly twenty years of debating experience, an unrivalled network of contacts, and a track record of setting up and running many successful and growing competitions, there is nothing that Julian Bell doesn’t know about school debating. Thorough, helpful and inspiring, he ensured our debating programme got off to a flying start, and was constantly available to support us thereafter. Highly recommended!’ 

About Julian Bell

Julian Bell has been an English teacher for 34 years, and since 2000 has been Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School in London. When he arrived, Godolphin and Latymer had no debating provision whatsoever, but it is now described as a ‘flagship debating school’. As well as running the school’s internal debating programme, which currently involves nearly one in five of all students, he is also founder and leader of three competitions: the London Junior Debating League (for Years 7-8), involving 24 schools across London, 50% of them from the maintained sector, the London Middle School Debating Competition (for Years 9-11) and the London Sixth Form Debating Competition, for Years 12-13, which attract similar numbers of schools.

Julian works as an oracy trainer for the English Speaking Union and as a judge for the PIXL Up for Debate competition. He also teaches a course to adults in Effective Public Speaking, and in 2019-20 was planning (before lockdown) to host local rounds of the Noisy Classroom Primary School Competition at Godolphin and Latymer School

In November 2018, Julian gave pro bono training to students at Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith and Fulham Boys SchoolIn March 2019 , he helped run a London debating tour for students at Hackley School in New York. Godolphin and Latymer School granted him a period of sabbatical leave in June and July 2019 to work on debating projects.  During this time, he offered pro bono outreach training to Holy Family School in Walthamstow, Redden Court School in Romford, Fitzwimarc School in Essex, Sir John Leman School in Suffolk, Brittons Academy in Havering and Orleans Park School in Twickenham. He also set up new debating programmes at Haberdashers Aske's Boys' Prep in Elstree and the German School in Ham, as well as establishing partnerships with two charities: Debating Mental Health and Youth Politics

Julian has adapted to the Covid crisis by moving his debating offer online. During the summer term, he set up and ran the London Online Debating Competition, attracting schools not only from across the UK, but also from Connecticut and Los Angeles in the USA. He has recently run online training courses for students at Sarum Hall School  in London, and Oak House School in Barcelona. In November and December he will be running online versions of his competitions, involving schools from the UK, USA, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago.

Julian is the author of The Debating Book: everything you ever need to know about debating, a how to guide for secondary school student debaters and their teachers, available from Amazon.

For more details of Julian's consultancy and training offer, see how I can support your school


Julian welcomes contributions, comments and ideas for ways in which he can support you. Get in touch with Julian on


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