Week 1

  • Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge!

    Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge!

07 March 2014

07 March 2014

"'Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge!’ is the largest speaking competition for young people in the world."

On Thursday 1st May 30 lucky Year 10 students will have a day off from their normal timetable, spending the day in a workshop with a Speakers Trust trainer paid for by The Jack Petchey Foundation.  

The Foundation sponsors the ‘Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge!’ a public speaking competition run by Speakers Trust in schools throughout London and Essex.  The Speak Out Challenge has now worked with 100,000 year 10 students from 32 boroughs in London and 14 districts in Essex have now participated in the challenge.

The students have the opportunity to talk openly and honestly on any subject they feel strongly about. Every student receives a day's training in the skills of public speaking and effective communication from a professional trainer.

Following the morning's training, students will compete against each other in the afternoon to become The Ramsey Academy's representative in the regional inter-school competition on 15th May.  The winner of the regional final has the chance to go forward to the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall later in the year.  Competitors have the chance to win individual prizes as well as prizes for their school.

The Ramsey Academy, Halstead has taken part in Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge for the last six years; pupils gain many benefits from their day, learning not only public speaking and performance techniques that help them with their Speaking and Listening examination and college interviews, but also showing increased skill and confidence in many day-to-day situations.  Further information can be found on the  'Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge!' website via this link:


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