On Monday 12th November, selected Year 10 pupils participated in the Speaker’s Trust ‘Speak Out’ challenge. The 24 pupils were selected due to displaying a previous interest in public speaking, or because their year team felt they needed a confidence boost to aid them in the nerve-wracking world of interviews for college, and possible future public speaking events.
A workshop facilitator from the Speaker’s Trust, Adrian Wales, came into school to run the workshop, pupils were off timetable all day and participated in a range of activities such as answering impromptu questions, what makes a good public speaker, story-telling and how to structure a strong speech.
Adrian commented on the enthusiasm and willingness of the group to participate in the confidence building activities and how impressed he was with their attitude to the event as a whole.
At the end of the day, pupils were encouraged to stand in front of the group and deliver a speech of up to two minutes on a topic of their choice. Some extremely mature subjects were discussed such as the effect of social media on teenagers, gender equality, stereotyping, and homelessness, along with certain pupils talking passionately about subjects that were personal to themselves and opening up to the group with struggles that they face.
Having taken part in the event last year, the school were thrilled to be given the opportunity to further their relationship with the Speaker’s Trust and encourage confidence building within Year 10.
Six pupils were chosen to work on their speech for the assembly final: Alexis, Kashif, Katya, Sahira, Saad and Laiba. One winner will be picked from these 6 to go forward to the regional final against other schools in the Bradford area.