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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Summer holiday debating course


  • Do you want to learn how to debate?

  • Have you never done debating before, but think that it sounds like fun?

  • Or are you an experienced debater who wants to get even better at debating?

  • Would you like to spend a whole day debating?

Then this course is for you!

Julian Bell will be leading a summer debating course in partnership with Elite Journey this summer holiday on August 2nd, 2021.

The Elite Journey Debate Course will be for students in Years 7-9, and will cover the key debating skills of:

  • Argumentation

  • Rebuttal

  • Organisation and prioritisation

  • Expression and delivery

It will be held at 14 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DJ, and will run from 9 am to 4 pm.

The cost will be £150 per student.

To find out more, and to book your place, go to Elite Journey's website here.

About Elite Journey 

Elite Journey is a distinctly value-driven international education company based in China and the UK, founded in 2015 by Austin Deng and Cambridge University medicine graduate Dr Neil

Cunningham. The organisation creates educational links between China and the rest of the


Elite Journey achieves this by running numerous award-winning programmes across the globe, ranging from camps to international competitions to online courses. Their programmes develop 21st century skills and global competencies.

About Julian Bell

Julian Bell has been an English teacher for 36 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 currently involves nearly one in five of all students, 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 is partnering with Elite Journey to design and deliver new exciting programmes for students in the UK. Elite Journey is an award-winning education company employing over 350 mentors to teach over 29,000 students in 10 countries round the world.. Julian also works as an oracy trainer for the English Speaking Union and as a judge for the PIXL Up for Debate competition. 

In November 2018, Julian gave pro bono training to students at Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith and Fulham Boys School. In March 2019 , he helped run a London debating tour for students at Hackley School in New York. Godolphin and Latymer School granted 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 has adapted to the Covid crisis by moving his debating offer online. Since March 2020, he has run online versions of his competitions, involving schools from the UK, the USA and Spain. He has also run online training courses for students at Sarum Hall School  in London, and Oak House School in Barcelona, as well as private courses online for small groups of students. 

Julian is the author of The Debating Book: everything you ever need to know about debating, a how to guide for secondary school student debaters and their teachers, available from Amazon.