Open to debate? Schools contest hosted by School of Management next week

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 19, 2012 12:05 PM |
Secondary school pupils will converge on the University of Leicester on 24 April for the regional stage of a national debating competition.

Debating Matters is a scheme which encourages and promotes debating skills among A-level students by means of a national contest. For the fifth year running, our School of Management is hosting the regional final, which takes place on Tuesday 24 April 2012 and is open to the public.

Six schools from the East Midlands, West Midlands and South Yorkshire have made it through to this stage, which starts in a league format, with each team arguing pro or con two of the following proposals:

  • There should be no legal curbs on ‘offensive’ language.
  • Governments should stop supporting the biofuels industry.
  • The UK should have a referendum on membership of the European Union.

Then the top two schools go head-to-head on the controversial topic: ‘Allowing the use of enhancement drugs will not undermine the spirit of sport’.

Each debate is scheduled for 70 minutes including grilling from the audience and from a panel of judges which includes our own Professor Jo Brewis. The victorious team on Tuesday will win £500 of books from Hodder Education for their school library and will also go forward to the national final, a three day residential event in London at the end of June

Debating Matters is organised by the Institute of Ideas with funding from the Wellcome Trust. The regional final on 24 April is an all-day event, kicking off with registration and coffee at 9.30am and running through to half past five. Members of the public are welcome to attend; please contact justinebrian@instituteofideas.com to reserve a place.

As host, the University of Leicester will of course be impartial; we congratulate all six schools on reaching this stage and may the best team win. But let’s face it, we’re rooting for our local team – go Leicester Grammar!

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