Public Speaking and Debate training in your classroom

Discover Your Voice


Should homework be banned? Do smartphones encourage creativity? Your students are full of opinions - but are they confident in communicating them effectively to others?

Our fun and engaging workshops for both primary and secondary schools develop students' ability to do just that, helping them to think critically, build cohesive arguments, and improving their delivery, listening and response skills. Students are also introduced to the formats used in our renowned national debating and public speaking competitions which can open up opportunities for personal development, networking and travel.

As well as boosting students' self-esteem and competency in communication, debating and public speaking have also been found to impact positively on student attainment across the curriculum.

Get a feel for our DYV workshops by watching our DYV video.

Discovering your voice

Half-day workshops - three hours' public speaking or debating training.

A half day workshop consists of 3 hours of public speaking or debating training for up to 24 participants per mentor. During the session, students will develop their speaking and listening skills, as well as working on their style and delivery.

Full-day workshops - six hours' training and public speaking or debating practice.

A full-day workshop consists of 6 hours of public speaking or debating training for up to 24 participants per mentors. Students will develop oratorial skills, and get to practice their skills formally.

All workshops are delivered by our network of fully trained and experienced mentors.

If you're interested in booking a workshop or would like to speak to someone about Discover Your Voice, then fill in the enquiry form below or e-mail

We also work with teachers, delivering CPD training in single schools, or in groups of local schools. These sessions help teachers to incorporate debating and public speaking activities both within and outside the classroom environment.

You can request a CPD session using the same registration form below. Please do get in touch if you would like any further information.


Number of participants in our Discover Your Voice programme in 2015


For further information about the programme, please take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Discover Your Voice FAQs

To request a DYV booking, please email the Debate Programmes Team at Your inquiry will be responded to by a member of our team.

In your inquiry, please provide as much information as you can about the aims and educational context of your workshop. The Debate Programmes Team will be able to help you shape a workshop that fits your needs.

Your booking is not confirmed until you have been offered and accepted a quote by a member of the Education Team offer, and the team has replied confirming the session.