Laurie Taylor teaches KS4 boys the art of public speaking Sociologist and broadcaster Professor Laurie Taylor draws on personal experience to transfer the art of public speaking and communication skills to a Key Stage 4 class at a boy’s secondary school in London.

The pupils, from John Kelly Boys’ Technology College in Brent, are given the task of speaking on a given subject for a minute without stopping, and find it’s much harder than they thought. They’re also given the chance to try a bit of stand-up comedy. The boys leave the lesson with a new respect for the value of talking to each other rather than sitting and watching television.

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