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Our Story


Speakers' Corner is the brainchild of Sydney's leading debating coaches, as a response to short comings we identified in the private coaching industry. Having worked at Sydney's leading private schools as well as private coaching institutes, we realised that the latter was lagging behind. We noticed that private tutoring institutes generally fail to replicate the enthusiasm and results that school debating programs would deliver. But why was that the case?

While most coaching institutes hire debaters, they are not actually run by people with qualifications in debating and public speaking. Accordingly, those who run these companies are generally unable to ensure the quality of their programs and actively identify the differences between good and bad debating coaching. 

Having dedicated thousands of hours of our lives to debating and public speaking coaching, each of our co-founders was passionate about making a change in the industry. We wanted to provide students with a coaching option that was actually worth the money their parents were investing.  At Speakers' Corner, we draw on our experience coordinating some of the most prestigious and successful debating programs in NSW, importing a culture of excellence and enjoyment that is unparalleled.


To that end, we expect our coaches to be more than baby-sitters. We use our inside knowledge of school debating coaching to ensure we only hire those who have proven they can manage discipline, consistently produce improvement at all age and talent levels, and bring passion no matter the circumstances of employment. Our coaches have coached the NSW State Debating Team, and ISDA, GPS and CHS winning teams Senior and Junior teams, and have consistently improved primary and high school debaters of all confidence, skill, and age levels. 

Alongside our vast resources, and school-level classrooms, Speakers' Academy offers all students across Sydney (and beyond) the opportunity to access elite debating coaching for affordable prices. Whether your child is new to the world of Debating and Public Speaking, looking to crack the school team, or an experienced debater looking to reach the next level, Speakers' Corner is the perfect place. Fill the Expression of Interest form to begin! 

 

Our Pedagogical Principles

To bring our vision of high quality coaching to life, Speakers' Corner has developed a set of principles that guide every aspect of our coaching program. 

  1. Hands on: Our lesson plans encourage students to develop practical skills by giving them frequent opportunities to practice and receive feedback. We prioritise helping kids apply their knowledge and gain confidence while doing so. ​

  2. Inspiring: We ensure that our coaches are experienced and passionate, ready to pass on a love of debating to their students. We have a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of debating, meaning we can present students with novel and relevant content. We empower students to set and pursue their debating goals.

  3. Strategic: We tailor our teaching to cater to every age group and ability level. Our beginners' lessons are accessible and fun, while more advanced debaters have unlimited opportunities to extend their knowledge. We build on students' own interests and talents to help them stay engaged and motivated. 

  4. Accountable: Unlike other coaching centres, we ensure that there is oversight and clear communication about students' progress. 

  5. Caring: Student safety and care is fundamental to our approach. Our coaches have all completed Working With Children Checks, and are personally briefed on empathetic class management strategies. Different children have different needs, and at Speakers' Corner we pride ourselves on our empathetic and perceptive approach. 

 

Facilities

Speakers' Corner only teaches in premier facilities that are easily accessible. 

Due to the surge of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases, Speakers' Corner will commence on Zoom, but will move to our state of the art facility in the coming months.

 

Student Safety

Private tutoring involves extensive, consistent, and often direct interaction between adults and children. Speakers' Corner takes student safety seriously, and have a number of policies and processes in place to assure parents they can trust us, including: 

  1. Background checks on coaches We not only ensure all our coaches have a valid NSW Working With Children's Check, but also record interviews with referees.

  2. Record keeping of coach information, including completion of internal policy acknowledgements and child safety tests. 

  3. Openness to reporting and contact from parents or students in case of complaints or concerns.