Sixth Form Debate - Speak Your Mind

On Thursday 8th November,  St Albans Cathedral will be running its ever popular Speak Your Mind debate. Now in its 20th year, this annual event regularly attracts over 450 students to the Cathedral to take part in debate on topical/political issues, along the lines of BBC TVs Question Time.

As an unique opportunity for students to debate with a platform of high profile speakers across a diverse range of subjects - Speak Your Mind is an invaluable chance for students to consider ethical, political and global questions. Linking with both the Cathedral's and the National commemorations of the ending of World War 1, part of the debate will focus on questions about a just war, world peace and the UKs post-Brexit role in NATO.

At the time of writing the panel for this event is yet to be confirmed, but past speakers have included Bim Afolami MP, Baroness Sal Brinton, The Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith and BBC news presenter Samira Ahmed. A similar high quality panel is anticipated for this year. 

Thanks to the support of the University of Hertfordshire and the Cathedral Education Trust, we are able to make this a free event for all.


Students who attend this event will be able to:

  • Have access to panellists who voice opinions and expertise from across a spectrum relevant to today’s culture and society
  • Develop skills in public debate and listening
  • Interact with pupils across a range of local schools
  • Support post-16 citizenship/politics curriculum
  • Support university applications/personal statements
  • Experience a unique historical and cultural setting

 ‘This was our first time at the conference and we were really impressed. It was an excellent event which our students thoroughly enjoyed’ – St Albans Girls School


To enquire about the event or to make a booking, please email Steve Clarke at

To download a flier for the event, please click on the link below.

Speak Your Mind 2018

This event is sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire.

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