Debate Club Success

12 February 2018

A newly acquired debating skill is earning youngsters success.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students at Royal Docks Academy have won through to the next stage of the DebateMate tournament.

Having won two debates in the first round of the DebateMate League at the Lister Community School, the students will now debate again at the end of February.

The success comes just months after the school launched its after-school debate club.

Teacher Jane Langley said: “Students battle it out at the debate club each week to earn their place on the competition teams. We can only take 12 students to each competition.

“A mentor from DebateMate comes in and challenges them in a range of games and activities to improve their eloquence and ability to put forward their arguments in a professional way.

“In the competitions, students are given the topic five minutes before they debate. They are not allowed access to their phones and I am not allowed to help them prepare. The debate club is about thinking of ways of giving valid arguments, even if you are not completely informed on the topic.

“I am really proud of what they are achieving, especially those who are a little reluctant and are using this as an opportunity to improve their public speaking. To see them compete against other schools and win is fantastic.”

Students from the debate club will also take part in the East London tournament at the University of East London in March.

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