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Monday, June 1, 2020

Summer online debating courses

Debating For Everyone is running online debating courses for secondary age students this summer holiday. 

Led by experienced debating coach Julian Bell and taught in groups of no more than 12, the courses will be specifically designed to meet the experience and needs of the students taking part. They will be accessible and appropriate both for those who are new to debating and who want to learn the basic skills, and also for established debaters who want to be stretched and challenged. The courses will include interactive activities to build and improve essential debating skills as well as an opportunity for all students to take part in a debate to practise those skills.

There will be two courses:

Years 7-9: Tuesday 21st July, 10 am - 5 pm BST (with one hour lunch break)

Years 10-13: Thursday 23rd July, 10 am - 5 pm BST (with one hour lunch break)

The cost will be £100.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If demand is high, extra dates may be arranged.

To apply for a place, please complete the form below:

Y7-9 course, Tuesday 21st July

Y10-13 course, Thursday 23rd July

If you have any difficulty accessing these forms, or have any queries about the courses, please contact  Julian Bell.

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 involves over 100 students out of a student body of 700, 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 due (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 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.

For recommendations of Julian's work as a debating trainer, see what schools say about Debating For Everyone.

Julian 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!’ 

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.

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