About Kids Debate

Kids Debate is dedicated to offering debate training directly to children in schools, through running of debate clubs in addition to one-off training sessions and the provision to organise and run competitions both at school and borough level. Focussing initially on primary school children, from all backgrounds, we believe that children are never too young to begin debating and public speaking as these are skills which are beneficial throughout education and life. As part of our vision, we hope that we will eventually be able to offer a primary inter-schools competition, free of charge to schools who have engaged with our services.

Why Debating?

  • Develops self confidence.
  • Improves speaking and listening skills.
  • Improves communication skills.
  • Can be used as a tool to stretch the more able (Gifted & Talented) pupils.
  • Develops ability to structure thoughts and opinions.
  • It's fun!

Our background

Kids Debate is owned and run by Helen Tamblyn, a former local authority worker for a deprived East London borough. She has extensive experience with organising and running debating competitions at a borough level, including a competition hosted by The Tower of London and played a large part in helping the authority to become a well-known borough in the world of debating. She has experience at judging events, including borough competitions and Schools Mace and has chaired many events.

Helen has undertaken courses and refresher training offered by the English Speaking Union and has also undergone an enhanced CRB check. In addition to her work for Kids Debate, she is also undertaking part time study with the University of Oxford.

Our Clients

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Osmani Primary School
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • St Saviours Primary School
  • Tidemill Primary School


"Helen is highly professional and through her excellent work and unfailing enthusiasm and commitment, she has raised the profile of children taking part in debating from all backgrounds. The debates in which the children and young people compete are miraculous to watch."