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King's Through to Oxford Union Schools' Debating Finals Day

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Last night King’s debaters took part in the South West round of the Oxford Union Schools’ debating competition. Run by the Oxford Union, Oxford Schools is the largest British Parliamentary school-level debate competition in the world, and the largest debating competition in the UK, aimed at students aged 14-18.

Each year, over a thousand students are invited to participate, and last year there were over 350 schools competing. The competition offers students an excellent chance to develop their skills and confidence in public speaking, thoughtful argumentation and analytical problem-solving.

Competitors have to plan a case in 15 minutes and then give a 5-minute speech. They are adjudicated and individual feedback is given by current Oxford Union debaters.

Our two teams, comprising Ketsia B and Lottie K, and Cameron B and Louis B took part in two rounds. The motion for the first round was ‘This House opposes the norm that popular media aimed at children has happy endings.’ The second was ‘This House would never use funding rebel factions as a foreign policy tool against dictators.’ 

Both teams put forward strong and well-thought arguments, with Cameron and Louis earning a place at Finals Day on 13 March. Normally this is an opportunity to debate in the world-famous Oxford Union, but this year the day will be held virtually. The Finals Day consists of four rounds of short-prep debates, with the top eight teams after these rounds  progressing to the Semi-Finals and Finals.

Our Head of Sixth Form and debate-enthusiast Oliver Ridley said: "This is great news! Cameron missed out on finals day last March because of the first lockdown, so I am delighted he will be able to compete this year. This competition is such good training for sixth formers and they always enjoy the experience."

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