Here you will find information on how to participate in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out! Challenge! This is a well established and highly regarded public speaking training and competition project for maintained schools in London and Essex.


As a result of participation in the programme your students will be able to:

 Deliver and present with confidence and impact
 Master the art of speaking without notes or extensive preparation
 Give and receive written and verbal feedback
 Understand the importance of structure
 Speak in front of a group
 Understand the importance of structured arguments
Have the opportunity to be selected to represent your school at the Regional Final

Numbers Eligible

You are entitled to book up as many workshops as you require (the first being fully funded). Each workshop requires a minimum of 25 pupils to meet sponsorship requirements. Depending on the number of workshops booked the opportunity exists for your school to train between 25 students and the whole of your Year 10!   Each student will develop their skills in speaking in public.

“It was very interactive and great fun. It makes you think, wonder and feel good. It has boosted my confidence.”  – Desola Coker – Year 10 


Venue: The “Speak Out” Challenge! training will take happen at your school
Entry: The challenge is open to any Year 10 students
students that you choose
Duration: One full school day. If more than one workshop is booked, they can be trained on the same day or on separate days
Dates: Sessions to be booked at a mutually convenient time
Trainers: All our trainers have enhanced CRB clearance and are selected for their ability to engage and motivate teenagers in our highly participative training programme.

Would love to repeat this, because many of the students don’t have the opportunity to speak out or develop their skills. Twenty percent course work is Speaking & Listening too and needs to be taken seriously – Georgina Wright – Year 10

Note: The average increase in student confidence on the day is 59.5%


The winner(s) from each school participates in a Regional Final where they speak in front of an audience of around 200 and a distinguished judging panel.

All Finalists receive a framed certificate and have professional photos taken as they receive their award from a local VIP.

The judges determine which speakers are placed in the ‘top three’.  (For guidance on how the top three are selected, please click here JPSOC Judging Criteria Guide.)  These top three Finalists win vouchers to the value of £100, £50 & £25 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place respectively.

The Regional winner may be selected to speak at the Grand Final on 3rd July 2017 (date TBC).

The top prize at the Grand Final is £5,000 with the winning Grand Finalist receiving £2000 and the winning school £3000.

I’ve seen trainers/workshops over 30 years this tops them all in terms of impact, enthusiasm and immediate benefit to the students – Dave Lawrie – Cardinal Wiseman School, Ealing