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Michael Akinyemi wins Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final 2021-22

Michael Akinyemi wins Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final 2021-22

July 19, 2022

This academic year 27,000 young people across London and Essex took part in a Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! workshop, 450 young people represented their school at a Regional Final, 76 Regional Champions and Runner-Ups made it to the Semi-Final, and 15 students competed at the Grand Final. Finally, on Monday, July 18th Michael Akinyemi […]

Our first ever Sussex “Speak Out” Challenge Final!

Our first ever Sussex “Speak Out” Challenge Final!

June 30, 2022

Hivda Aydogan from Heathfield Community College wowed a packed audience at the Old Market Theatre in Brighton and was announced the winner of the Sussex “Speak Out” Challenge! 2021-22 with her speech on abortion rights. This year’s Sussex Final Judging Panel comprised a mix of award-winning politicians, high-profile businesspeople and influencers, all known for using […]

Last year’s Speak Out Champion gives advice to 15 Talented Semi-Finalists

Last year’s Speak Out Champion gives advice to 15 Talented Semi-Finalists

June 9, 2022

After some very difficult decisions, we are thrilled to announce that 15 talented young people from across London and Essex have made it through the semi-final! They are now ready to present their powerful speeches at the Jack Petchey’s “speak Out” Challenge Grand Final, which will be held at the Cambridge Theatre on July 18th! […]

West Midlands “Speak Out” Challenge Final Winner

West Midlands “Speak Out” Challenge Final Winner

June 6, 2022

Imogen Burstow from Bartley Green School wowed a packed audience at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) on May 17th and was announced the winner of The West Midlands “Speak Out” Challenge! 2021-22. Speaking directly to her Grand Final audience, Imogen said: “Do I really want to tell my grandkids when I’m 70 years old that the most interesting and rebellious thing […]

YORKSHIRE ‘SPEAK OUT’ CHALLENGE FINAL 2022 

YORKSHIRE ‘SPEAK OUT’ CHALLENGE FINAL 2022 

May 26, 2022

After having trained almost half a million students across the east, south, and west of the UK over the last decade, we are delighted to announce that this year we have finally extended our work up north. We are proud to be able to offer our public speaking and communication training to students across Yorkshire […]

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The pilot involved 2 sessions being delivered.
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