The aim of the Kalisher debating programme is to embed a culture of public speaking in schools to foster confidence and develop skills of advocacy.

It is widely recognized that debating equalises the life chances of underprivileged children and Kalisher tuition allows pupils to see how ‘inspiring advocacy’ works in practice.

If you can hold your own in front of your peers and classmates, as the debating video shows, you are well on your way to a promising future.

In 2014-15, experienced Kalisher debaters travelled as far as Northampton, Corby, Corby Glen, Skegness, and Grimsby to give regular debating tuition, starting with a focused training session for teachers and followed by a confidence building programme throughout the year, with regular external support and advice.

A Kalisher debating day was held on June 23rd 2015 at the Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham, and 38 teams were involved. There was huge excitement about appearing on such a big stage to display skills the pupils have learnt in this programme of ‘inspiring advocacy’. Outstanding examples of ‘distance travelled methodology’ were seen in action, with Year 10 pupils straining every fibre of their beings to shine, many brilliantly.


‘To watch our pupils – nervous, self-conscious, and often shy – strut onto the stage and perform with gusto, after only a few sessions, is almost heart stopping’ Katherine C-Goring, Deputy HM at Barnes Wallace Academy

‘Well done for putting on such a worthwhile activity – I’m sure that many of those young people will look back on today as something really special in their school lives’   Professor Diane Birch Nottingham Law faculty

‘You are doing fantastic work and it was great to play a small part in it.’ Clare Foges, speechwriter to David Cameron, one of the competition judges.

Testimonials from staff can be found by clicking here.

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