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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Debating For Everyone at the Royal Society of Arts

It was a great pleasure to speak at the Royal Society of Arts on Friday 19th July on the importance of debating in promoting citizenship in schools. I also much enjoyed the discussion afterwards.

You can see the whole talk and discussion here.

Friday, July 19, 2019

What schools say about Debating For Everyone

It has been a great pleasure to get out and about during my sabbatical leave in the summer term of 2019, offering training to students in a wide variety of schools across London and beyond. Thank you to those quoted below who have taken the time to give some feedback on what Debating For Everyone can offer:

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!

David Paton, Radnor House, Sevenoaks


We were given great tips on debating by Mr Bell. I had a wonderful time.

Year 5 student, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys Prep School, Elstree


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.


Julian Bell from 'Debating for Everyone' delivered an exceptional workshop to our year 8 students. The sessions were an hour long each where our students learnt how to make compelling arguments and develop their oracy and literacy skills. In the final session six of our students debated in front of their peers and it was brilliant to see their learning put into practice. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day by both staff and students. Thank you Julian!

Nancy Bowler-Ettman, Redden Court School, Havering

It was great having Julian come into school to work closely with our debaters. His workshop really helped to stretch the team to think about motions and how to develop arguments around them. He was able to push debaters that have some experience, but need to get to the next level. 

Alex Lippa, Holy Family Catholic SchoolWalthamstow


The students learnt a lot and found the motions and topics debated and discussed interesting and challenging. The advice Julian gave on how to develop the Debate Club was practical and achievable.The workshop was very useful and enjoyable for the students. 

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 and got to know other students, in other year groups, who share a similar love of debating. Through engaging activities, students were taught how they can improve their expression and delivery, how to prioritize and fully explain points and how to identify what type of debate a motion might be and the best way to approach that kind of argument.

Sam Knight, Orleans Park School, Twickenham

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

The workshop constituted some of my favourite school days of the year! 

I learned a lot of new, useful, debating skills, for example, PEEL, sign-posting and rebuttal.  


On the first day, our students were introduced to the key skills needed for debates, which they then practiced in a variety of fun activities.  On the second day, teams of pupils competed in a series of debates about varied and engaging topics. Mr Bell's feedback after each debate was very instructive, allowing the students to improve greatly over the course of the day.  At the end of the course, they were all enthusiastic and eager to do more debating at our school next year. 

Amy Zondermann, The London German School

Amazing workshop! It catered for everyone, from those who hadn’t debated before to those who had been in competitions. Interesting and topical motions which made the day engaging and very interactive. The advice which Mr Julian Bell gave will really help me in the future; in the club and in  competitions. Thank you Mr Julian Bell!

Student at  Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh