Primary Debating at Latymer Upper (John Betts)

Partner: John Betts Primary School, London
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Volunteering

This project has been running since 2009 and involves up to 50 pupils in Y6 from 10 local primary schools. Primary Debating commences annually after October half term and runs until the Easter holidays. The course is run in three phases involving the same Y6 pupils and is taught exclusively by Latymer Upper School (LUS) lower sixth students. An inter-school debating competition is held at the end of each phase. At the end of the spring term the course culminates in a ‘Grand Debating Competition’ when a cup is presented to the winners.

Staff from the primary schools are invited to accompany the pupils to learn how to coach debating skills in their own schools. Almost all schools return year after year