WCSQM Symposium 6th July 2022

WCSQM Symposium 6th July 2022

This year’s Symposium focused on the theme of social media, and over a day of workshops, debates and presentations we asked our World Class schools and students to consider the question: How can World Class students use social media as a force for good, and how can schools support them to do this?

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On 6th July 2022 World Class school leaders, staff and students came together for the annual WCSQM Symposium – the first live Symposium in two years, kindly hosted by St Marylebone School in London.

The theme

World Class students in this social media age

How can World Class students use social media as a force for good, and how can schools support them to do this?


Event highlights

  • Social media training workshops from professional networking experts LinkedIn
  • Networking opportunities for staff and students
  • A panel session hosted by social media / tech industry experts, taking questions from students
  • A live ‘Talk-off’ with students debating the theme of social media and how to use it as a force for good
  • Workshops for primary students
  • An Awards Ceremony to award the World Class Student of the Year, reaccrediting World Class schools and Qualifying WCSQM student assessors
  • Performances from the students of St Marylebone School

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The Talk Off Competition

Yusuf Shobair, Seven Kings School – Talk Off winner 2022

Our Talk off competition was back for a second year, with students from World Class accredited schools invited to submit their speech answering the theme question How can World Class students use social media as a force for good? Of the over 50 students who submitted a video, the students of St Marylebone School responsible for running the competition chose a shortlist of 14 students from schools across the UK, with students invited to practice and present their final speech in the live finals, held on the morning of the Symposium.

After a morning spent practising their speech, with support and coaching from the students of St Marylebone School, the panel of judges, including representatives from professional networking platform LinkedIn, had the difficult task of choosing the winner – announced at the afternoon awards ceremony.

Congratulations go to:

Winner – Yusuf Shobair, Year 9, Seven Kings School

Listen to Yusuf’s winning speech

Runner up – Josh Schofield, Year 10, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy

Watch Josh’s speech

Commended – Glon Sylaj, Year 7, Darrick Wood School

Listen to Glon’s speech

Shortlisted students

Congratulations to the following students whose submissions were shortlisted and have been invited to join us on 6th July for the live Talk Off finals:

Sofia Zachopoulos-Butler, Year 8, Bishop Ramsey School

Esther Burton, Yr 9, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy

Josh Schofield, Yr 10, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy

Millie Soroczyn, Yr 9, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy

Shifa Perathu, Yr 10, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy

Anisha Ahmed, Yr 10, Carlton Bolling

Rabeh Ul Haq Islam, Yr 10, Carlton Bolling

Zain Hussain, Yr 8, Carlton Bolling

Glon Sylaj, Yr 7, Darrick Wood School

Niamh Christie, Yr 9, Darrick Wood School

Abigail Burn, Yr 6, Kentmere Academy

Martha Flanagan, Yr 10, Finham Park School

Sumayyah Dedat, Yr 9, Finham Park School

Lyba Patel, Yr 6, Seven Kings Primary

Mashrur Hussain, Yr 5, Seven Kings Primary

Haniya Malik, yr 6, Seven Kings Primary

Yusuf Shobair, Yr 9, Seven Kings School

Deanna Gay, Yr 12, St Mary’s College Hull

Download an editable press release with a full list of event contributors and awards ceremony winners

We’d like to thank the staff and students of St Marylebone School in London for hosting a World Class event


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