Debate Mate Featured in Guardian Article: ‘How to be heard: the art of public speaking’

We were very pleased to be featured in a fascinating article about the art of public speaking in Observer on Sunday 21st October 2018.

How to be heard: the art of public speaking

We were really pleased to be featured in an article written by journalist Gaby Hinsliff, exploring how to have your voice heard.

Check out an extract from the article below.  For the full article including a quote from our Managing Director Jess click on the link to the article at the bottom of the page.

Schools such as Eton no longer have a monopoly on perhaps the most valuable skill gained from learning to debate – developing the critical thinking skills needed to formulate an argument in the first place. Godwin junior school is a large primary school serving a relatively deprived area of Forest Gate, east London. More than a fifth of its pupils have free school meals and more than a third don’t have English as a first language. Yet, two years ago, it won the national schools debating cup organised by Debate Mate, a not-for-profit organisation that sets up debating clubs, hosted by students from top universities, in inner-city schools.

“Our school is about preparing pupils for lifelong success and a lot of research shows that it’s not just academic results that count. They’re very important, of course, but it’s also about children and young people being confident and articulate,” says the headteacher, Sine Brown. “Whether it’s job interviews, university interviews, starting your own business and wanting a loan to do so, it’s not just what you put on paper – it’s how you present yourself. The debating club helps develop confidence and articulacy and we’ve really seen the difference it’s made to our children.