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Debate Club

Debate Club with Mr. McSorley

Debating a wide range of topics such as social issues and currents affairs. This will lead into practicing structured competition style debates.

Debating aims to;

  • Develop communication, higher order and critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Build confidence and self-esteem;

  • Engage young people with the world beyond the classroom, addressing issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world through an activity they enjoy.

  • Increase academic achievement.


The school has also joined the Debate Mate programme. Debate Mate is an educational organisation that recruits inspiring university students to run debate clubs in state schools across the UK. It empowers school students to run their own clubs and engage with the issues that affect their lives. It helps to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed. The Debate Mate programme consists of 14 one-hour debating sessions delivered by trained university students, plus participation in 2 national competitions. Throughout the programme Debate Mate will organise inter-school debate rounds with other schools in the local area. The results of each of these debate rounds will be entered into a national league which will be published on their website, and the best performing schools will go through to a grand final held in late May/early June.

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