Debating For Everyone is an agency offering training and consultancy for debating and public speaking, founded and led by Julian Bell.

From 2000 to 2021 Julian Bell was Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School in London. In September 2021 he retired from teaching to devote himself full time to his passion for debating. He provides training in debating to students in prep, primary and secondary schools both in person and online across the UK, and overseas, including schools in Spain and the USA. He also runs a number of debating competitions both online and in person.

Julian Bell is the author of The Debating Book: everything you ever need to know about debating. He is currently working on his second book, Think Like A Debater, which will cover all the most commonly debated issues while also training debaters in thinking skills.

Julian has worked with the following schools to set up debating programmes:

  • Radnor House School, Sevenoaks
  • The German School in London
  • Deer Park Primary School, Twickenham
  • Harry Gosling Primary School, Tower Hamlets
  • The Old Vicarage School, Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Haberdasher's Aske's Boys' Prep School
  • Glendower Prep School, London
  • Kensington Prep School, London
  • Sarum Hall Prep School, London
  • Queen's College, London
  • Queen's Gate School, London
  • Highgate School, London
  • Charterhouse School, Surrey
  • Lingfield College, Surrey
  • St Alban's High School
  • Stamford School, Lincolnshire
  • Oak House School, Barcelona

Debating For Everyone is unique in that all training is delivered exclusively by Julian Bell. Whereas comparable debating training agencies are likely to use student trainers with little or no teaching experience, he brings 35 years' experience of teaching and over twenty years of being at the heart of schools debating.


The Debating Book

Do you want to start debating, but don't know what to do? Have you just started debating and want to get better at it? Are you already an experienced debater and want to be the best you can be? Are you a teacher who wants to set up a debating club, or make your existing debating club even better? Are you a parent who wants to support your child with debating? Then this book is for you. Written with authority, passion and wisdom by one of the leaders of UK schools debating, it will tell you everything you ever need to know about debating.

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Julian Bell from 'Debating for Everyone' delivered an exceptional workshop to our year 8 students.

Nancy Bowler-Ettman, Redden Court School, Havering

It was an amazing experience and I'd love to do it again.

Year 6 student, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys Prep School Elstree

The children were positively buzzing from the experience, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in intellectual sparring.

Russell Bloch, Haberdasher's Aske's Boys' Prep School, Elstree

Amazing workshop! It catered for everyone, from those who hadn't debated before to those who had been in competitions.

Student at Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh

Mr Bell's feedback after each debate was very instructive, allowing the students to improve greatly over the course of the day.

Amy Zondermann, The London German School

Very fun and intense workshop. Learnt a lot and can't wait to continue debating next year!

Students at The London German School

The students learnt a lot and found the motions and topics debated and discussed interesting and challenging.

Tabitha Buckley, Sir John Leman High School, Beccles

Students interacted with each other about a range of topical issues, competed with each other but in a friendly, fun and civilised environment.

Sam Knight, Orleans Park School, Twickenham