In December 2012, with a follow-up in January 2013, around 25 of the most recent TfA associates were introduced to the FD public speaking training model with a view to improving their speaking skills and confidence in advance of their arrival in classrooms. They practised and honed their new learning in an invigorating and fascinating debate about the effects of standardised testing on students and the quality of education. Even after 24 speakers the debate raged! The training also encouraged and prepared them to use debating as a learning tool in the classroom, to encourage analytical thinking, clear expression and argument presentation. Some of the associates were also keen to learn how to prepare students for competitive debating, with a view to introducing debating to their schools. We wish the associates all the best for the teaching year.