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Thursday, November 1, 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 33 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 involves almost 100 students out of a student body of 700, he is also founder and leader of two competitions: the London Junior Debating League (for Years 7-8), involving over 20 schools across London, a third of them maintained, and the London Middle School Debating Competition (for Years 9-11), attracting similar numbers. He will be launching the London Sixth Form Debating Competition, for Years 12-13, in November 2019. 

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 is planning 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 gave 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 is currently working on The Debating Book, a how to guide for secondary school student debaters and their teachers, to be published in September 2020.

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 using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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