Debating with the gloves off

September 18, 2015

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Last Wednesday saw a fantastic turnout for the inaugural session of the Hele’s Debating Society #findyourvoice. After having observed the creme de la creme of school debaters battling it out at the annual Eton debating tournament earlier this year, we were determined that our pupils should also be afforded this priceless opportunity to find their voice.

School debating is hugely popular in the UK. It enables students to engage with issues that take them beyond the classroom, giving them the chance to broaden their horizons, really think about the issues facing our world and formulate their own opinions. Through this, they learn skills of argument and rhetoric and improve their confidence and self esteem.

This is not, however, a sedate activity. This is debating with the gloves off! It is passionate, heated and spirited debating. It is a joy to see young people becoming so absorbed in and excited by grappling with contentious issues.

Watch this space! Next year, it will be Hele’s goes to Eton!

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