Debating Matters Devon and Cornwall Qualifying Rounds
  • Rooms 103 and 108, Mast House, Shepherd’s Wharf, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL4 0HJ.

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Debating Matters offers an engaging format for debating contemporary issues for sixth form students (16-18 year olds). Plymouth University will host the Qualifying Rounds for both Devon and Cornwall this year which aims to develop young people’s ideas and help them practise public speaking. 

The national competition is known for successfully pioneering a format for debate that takes ideas, argument and young people seriously. The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny. Debating can be a great way of allowing your students to engage with a broad range of social, scientific and ethical issues that society faces today.

At the Devon Qualifying Round teams from four schools ( Kingsbridge Community College, Stover School, Exeter College and QE Academy Trust) will compete against each other. Teams from Wadebridge School, Clevedon School and Truro School will go head to head in the Cornwall Qualifying Round. 

The topics to be discussed are: 

  • "There should be limits to free speech on social media"
  • "Social egg freezing empowers women"
  • "We should accept the risk inherent in contact sports"
  • "Autonomous vehicles will make driving safer"

A winning team from each region will progress to the West and South Wales Regional Final in the spring. 

Full details of the programme for the day, including the debate motions and topic guides, can be found on the Debating Matters website,

Please note that this is a closed event. Contact for any queries.

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