School support including Debating

Partner: St Cuthbert's High School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

Sharing expertise and facilities/opportunities in debating with local state maintained secondary school in order to raise aspirations and develop skills/expertise in young people.

Aims of the project

Sharing expertise and facilities/opportunities in debating with local state maintained secondary school in order to raise aspirations and develop skills/expertise in young people.

Need identified for support in debating in order to grow and develop the skill within St Cuthbert's

Growth of debating as a skill wihthn St Cuthbert's and continuation of links is a success criteria. Continued support from NHSG facilitates this.

Beneficiaries are the boys from St Cuthbert's who develop their skills and confidence, impacting upon aspirations, who then become role-models to wider school community.

Background and goals

Identification of potential for support based on links between the schools.  led to development of opportunity. Has been in place since 2014.

Resources

teacher supporpt from NHSG and sharing of resources/opportunity.

NHSG facilities are used, as well as NHSG teaching staff - 3 staff members regularly throughout the year. Financial contribution from NHSG in terms of facilties and teacher time.

Impact

 

Assessment of impact carried out annually.We plan to continue shared workshop debates once a term, and JMc has invited St C’s to take part in this year’s Y11 Public Speaking competition

Also 9 girls attended workshop here on 9/11

 

4 girls went to St C’s on 7/6 

 

Overall, St C’s now have a flourishing and developing debating/public speaking cohort, mostly due to the energy and commitment of Miss Charnley, who regularly asks NHSG for materials and advice, which JMc is happy to provide. 

 

They have competed at several external competitions such as NJDC and Oxford, and plan to do more.

 

Pupil involvement

 

St Cuthbert's hold a weekly debating session across year groups but mainly focusing on Y9-11

We invited them to attend the regional final of the Chrystall prize  on 30 Jnuary– about 10 boys came, of whom a couple asked good questions

 

We held shared debate workshops on 9th Nov and 7th June – 4 boys came across to us in November and about 15 boys were involved when we went there

 

In June/July, Hannah held a Public Speaking competition for Y9, using our model, She got the entire year to participate through English lessons and then held a final, for the top 8 (or so) speakers to which parents were invited. JMc judged, but was assisted by 2 Y10 boys, who she have seen really develop over the three years we have worked with St Cuthbert’s

 

Frequency and duration

Ongoing support.  Regular throughout the year. Expected to continue indefinitely.