Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!

Equipping Year 10 students across London and Essex with the skills and confidence they need to share their ideas and reach their potential.

Speakers Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation have been delivering Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge! since 2006.

Since its inception, this programme has transformed hundreds of thousands of young lives – helping students to find their voices and show their capabilities to their peers and communities.

The programme is open to Year 10 students in every state school in London and Essex, which means that every year 20 000 young people are given the skills and encouragement to speak more confidently in public. Each student receives a full day of public speaking training with one of our expert trainers. The impact on students is profound, from increasing their empathy with the views of others to improving their ability to work under pressure. You can see for yourself on our impact dashboard, which is updated daily.

“Participating in the Speak Out challenge gave me huge confidence to find my voice and be able to communicate effectively. I benefited massively as I went through my education, and continue to do so day to day in my professional career. It no doubt set me up for success!”
Max Winston, JPSOC alumni and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Monzo Bank

After the workshop, selected students enter a competition structure – sharing their speeches on school, regional and national stages. Speeches are judges by panels of VIP judges – which helps to raise aspirations for students and the profile of young people in the community.

The programme culminates in the Grand Final event, usually held at a West End theatre. Students share inspiring, thought-provoking and uplifting speeches to an audience of a thousand people and a prestigious panel of judges and stand a chance to win a significant cash prize for themselves and their school.

“Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge had a profound impact on me. I whole-heartedly believe that the interpersonal skills of public speaking, charisma and empathy can turn a good person into an outstanding one”
God’s Favour Oluwanusin, Speakers Trust Alumni Ambassador

Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge! has become an established and celebrated part of the school year for most state secondary schools in London and Essex and teachers continue to praise the skill of the trainers and the impact of the programme on their students:

“We do the challenge every year and every year, I am blown away by it. The workbooks and trainers are extremely engaging and always bring out the best in our students. The whole experience really inspires the students and teachers”
Lauren Howard, Teacher at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre

Get inspired by some brilliant student speeches here.

Or get inspired by our most recent Grand Final Champion:

 

Speakers Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation have been delivering Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge! since 2006. Since its inception, this programme has transformed hundreds of thousands of young lives – helping students to find their voices and show their peers and communities what they are capable of.

“Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge had a profound impact on me. I whole-heartedly believe that the interpersonal skills of public speaking, charisma and empathy can turn a good person into an outstanding one” – God’s Favour Oluwanusin, Speakers Trust Alumni Ambassador

The programme is open to Year 10 students in every state school in London and Essex. We are proud that we reach 20 000 young people each year through this life-changing process. Young people are given a full day of public speaking training with one of our expert trainers. This day is designed to give them the confidence and skills they need to stand up and speak out in front of their peers and community – and it also builds lasting knowledge about the power and potential of good communication. The impact on students is profound, from increased empathy to an improved ability to work under pressure. You can see for yourself on our impact dashboard, which is updated daily: https://speakoutchallenge.com/impact-dashboard/

“Participating in the Speak Out challenge gave me huge confidence to find my voice and be able to communicate effectively. I benefited massively as I went through my education, and continue to do so day to day in my professional career. It no doubt set me up for success!” from Max Winston, JPSOC alumni and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Monzo Bank

After the workshop, selected students enter a progressive competition structure – sharing their speeches on school, regional and national stages and showing their communities what they are capable of. Speeches are judges by panels of VIP judges – which helps to raise aspirations for students and the profile of young people in the community. The programme culminates in the Grand Final event, usually held at a West End theatre. Students share inspiring, thought-provoking and uplifting speeches to an audience of a thousand people and a prestigious panel of judges and stand a chance to win a significant cash prize for themselves and their school.
Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge! has become an established and celebrated part of the school year for most state secondary schools in London and Essex and teachers continue to praise the skill of the trainers and the impact of the programme on their students:

“We do the challenge every year and every year, I am blown away by it. The workbooks and trainers are extremely engaging and always bring out the best in our students. The whole experience really inspires the students and teachers” Lauren Howard, Teacher at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre

Get inspired by some brilliant student speeches here: https://speakoutchallenge.com/get-inspired/
OR Get inspired by our most recent Grand Final Champion here.

My students have experienced something quite rare – the space to think and the freedom to speak about hopes and fears in an entertaining, mutually respectful and intellectually dynamic workshop. Many thanks

Cathy Haslam, Teacher

Participating in the Speak Out challenge gave me huge confidence to find my voice and be able to communicate effectively. I benefited massively as I went through my education, and continue to do so day to day in my professional career. It no doubt set me up for success!

Max Winston, Chief of Staff, Monzo

The Speak Out challenge gave me a voice that I never knew that I had. It has played an integral part in boosting my confidence and also gave me a multitude of essential life skills that I constantly apply in my day to day life. That is why when the opportunity to become an Alumni Ambassador was offered to me, I felt so honoured to become a part of this wonderful process and hopefully help others gain these invaluable life skills and find their own voice.

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