Young Speaker of the Year

13-year-old Lilian Bingham from St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College has won a top award from English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. 

Lilian Bingham

Lilian is one of 12 students around the country to receive ESB’s highest commendation of Young Speaker of the Year. Each year, the awards recognise the outstanding spoken language skills of the very best that assessors see from candidates who are sitting ESB communication assessments. The 12 winners were selected from 14,000 youngsters who took ESB speech assessments in 2017/18.  

When Lilian took her ESB assessment in April, her assessor praised her for her ‘strong performance and excellent spoken communication skills’ in her reading from her favourite novel ‘A Monster Calls’.  

At an awards ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on the iconic waterfront in Liverpool, Lilian was presented with her trophy and certificate. She also performed her award-winning performance to an audience of family, friends and teachers.  

A delighted Lilian said after the ceremony, “I really enjoyed performing my reading again today, and it was great to hear all the other Young Speakers give their talks too. I will never forget this event!” 

ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, says: “The standard from all candidates put forward for this accolade was very high indeed so Lilian did extremely well to be selected as an overall winner. Communication skills are at the heart of successful lives and careers and these youngsters demonstrated exceptional abilities to communicate their ideas clearly and confidently.”