Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge 2024

On 5th March, SPW once again had the pleasure of hosting the Regional Final of the Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge , welcoming students representing schools across Tower Hamlets. This event, the largest public speaking programme in England, is delivered by Speakers Trust, the UK’s leading public speaking charity, and is supported and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The aim of Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge is to amplify the voices of young people. By building confidence, developing skills, and creating platforms for young people to share their stories and ideas, the programme empowers not only the participants but also their peers. The programme champions effective, positive communication for use in education, employability, and social change. Each year, the programme provides free communication skills training to Year 10 students in every state school in London and Essex, empowering over 30,000 young people.


In a remarkable display of eloquence and passion, Lizzy Eatock-Taylor, participated in the Tower Hamlets Regional Final of Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge. Despite the overwhelming global issues we face, Lizzy's speech encouraged the audience to realise the power of small acts of kindness, such as a smile, in fostering a sense of community and making the world a better place. Lizzy's performance,  ‘Lady on the Bus’ was so impressive that it earned the position of Runner Up at the Tower Hamlets Regional Final, a significant achievement in such a competitive event. Reflecting on the experience, Lizzy said, "I enjoyed it so much! I’ve never felt as excited and passionate as when I was standing in front of everyone."


Lizzy's achievement is a testament to the power of the Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge in fostering young talent and empowering the next generation of public speakers.


SPW would like to congratulate Razina Ahmed, Regional Champion, Swanlea School, runner-up Lizzy Eatock-Taylor, St Paul's Way Trust School and third place Mahdi Amin, George Green’s School. In addition, well done to SPW Miu Sato, Saarah Ahmed and all the participants, who delivered such powerful performances, engaging and thrilling the judges and audience alike.  A huge thank you to our Student Helpers who supported the event’s team to ensure the smooth running of the occasion and of course our excellent SPW musicians, Sean Cheng and Ryan Day who provided such amazing performances during the interludes.


SPW would like to thank the Speakers Trust event team, trainers, judges and the Jack Petchey Foundation for their invaluable support to young people.


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