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King's Debating through to Finals

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Every year, King’s takes part in a number of national competitions, including debating events: the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace, the largest in the UK, and the Oxford Union Schools’ Debating competition.

At the start of February, we hosted the South West regional event for the third time. Thirty-six teams from around the region competed for a place in the national final at the Oxford Union itself.

All competitors had to debate two motions: the first questioned whether events such as Remembrance Day should occur annually; the second looked at the extent to which workers should be able to sacrifice employment rights for more pay. All debates were adjudicated by current members of the Oxford Union.

Two teams from King’s took part: King’s A, Lucy M and Cameron B, and King’s B, Oliver B and Louis B. Both teams debated effectively, structuring argument well and rebutting forcefully.

Commenting, our Head of Sixth Form, Oliver Ridley said:

“It’s so valuable to Sixth Formers to learn how to construct arguments in fifteen minutes and then to present them within a competitive forum. It is equally valuable for our pupils to get on-the-spot feedback from current members of the Oxford Union. Our debaters learn a lot whenever they compete in this competition.”

Congratulations to the King’s A team, who progress to Finals Day.

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