Sussex Speak Out Challenge

Giving young people in Sussex the confidence and opportunity to speak out on the issues that matter to them.

As part of our regional Speak Out Challenges, we are able to increase the confidence and communication skills of year 10s across Sussex this academic year 2023-24. 

The Sussex Speak Out Challenge is designed and delivered by Speakers Trust to encourage Year 10 students to develop public speaking and communication skills as well as build self-esteem and agency. 

This programme is highly subsidised and linked to the Skills Builder framework to further unlock learning and boost academic outcomes. 

How it Works: 

During the academic year, schools receive a free, full-day, expert-led workshop in public speaking and communication skills. The student’s confidence in speaking to an audience, without notes, is measured at the beginning and the end of the day. During 2022-23, 81% of students have increased their confidence to stand up and talk to a group of people. It is also notable that an impressive 97% of students learnt more about their classmates and understand their viewpoints, feelings and values better. 

After the workshop, selected students will enter the Sussex Speak Out Challenge competition – sharing their speeches in school at their Assembly Final and later at the Sussex Final. Speeches will be watched by a panel of local VIPs and decision-makers and students will have the opportunity to share their message even further using Speakers Trust social media platforms. This helps to raise aspirations for students and the profile of young people in the community. 

Last year’s winner Toby Douglass said

 “I’m massively proud of the journey I went on with The Speakers Trust and was overjoyed to meet all the amazing people. I’m really thankful to have had this experience.”

Councillor Abul Azad, who was on the judging panel in June 2023, said

I highly appreciate the work of teachers and trainers and their dedication as they play a vital role in shaping the minds of future generations.

Get inspired by our Sussex Speak Out Challenge Finalist Hivda and her speech called Roe vs Wade.


To get your school involved: 

Contact for more information. 

There are limited subsidised workshops available, so get in touch to guarantee your place. 

Every workshop booked includes a space in the competition.