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Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer Projects

Debating for Everyone is taking a summer break from posting, but will be back in September. 

After 19 years as Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School, I’ve been granted sabbatical leave in June and July to work on debating projects. The main project will be writing The Debating Book, an introductory guide to debating for secondary school students and their teachers, which will be published in September 2020. 

I will also be doing some outreach work. I will be setting up debating programmes at Haberdasher's Aske's Boys' Prep School in Elstree and the German School in Ham; running training workshops at Holy Family School in Walthamstow, Redden Court School in Romford,  Fitzwimarc School in Essex, Uphill Primary School in Ilford, Sir John Leman High School in Suffolk, Brittons Academy in Rainham and Orleans Park School in Twickenham; acting as a judge for the English Speaking Union's London Debate Challenge; and working with Debating Mental Health, a charity that supports young people with mental health issues through the teaching of debating skills.

In the mean time, you can continue to broaden and deepen your debating knowledge and skills with our posts on how to define the motion, how to signpost your speech, how to rebut, how to prepare under pressure, how to use debating in lessons, the point of clash, points of information, as well as introductions to some of the Big Ideas behind debating, exposure of some Bad Argumentsfactsheets on key topics, recommendations for helpful podcasts, an explanation of how British Parliamentary debating actually works, and reflections on why we should do debating.

It’s been a great first seven months since I launched the site in November; it is now averaging over 600 hits a month from all around the world, and I have had a lot of very encouraging feedback. Thank you to everyone for your support, and I look forward to seeing you all when the new season starts in September!

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