Last term, a few St Paul’s Girls’ School students began coaching the Year 7 debaters at Hammersmith Academy. Jude Lewis in the VII has the following to say about the experience:’It has provided a perfect opportunity to pass on some of the skills and knowledge we have acquired here. Public speaking and debating are invaluable in building confidence and encouraging participants to analyse arguments, explain their point of view and engage with world issues. The group that we coach are endlessly enthusiastic, engaged, and a real pleasure to teach. Each week, they have grown in confidence and skill and their hard work was evident at their first public debate last Wednesday on the topic of banning nuclear arms, where they surpassed all expectations, delivering an impressive first debate’.