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Question Time Inspires Debating Society

twilight debate sesLast week, in anticipation of BBC’s “Question Time” being hosted at SES the weekly lunchtime debating club at Stamford School enjoyed the challenge of deciding what are the most important issues facing the UK today.

The pupils (Years 8 - 11), were given the task of identifying their choice of issues and were then given ten minutes to prepare a persuasive speech explaining the reasons for their choice. The issues presented ranged from global warming to teenagers’ mental health and the social pressures on young people today.

Additionally the SES Sixth Form Debating Society opted to discuss the motion "This House believes that Jeremy Corbyn is bad for Britain" in their first twilight debate of 2016.

Organised by students, the debates attract a mixed audience of students, parents and governors and debating captains Emma Hunter and Giorgio Rubbo encourage a wide range of students to participate in the debates, including those who have no previous debating experience.

The proposition was ably led by Zishi Zhang, who spoke passionately against Corbyn's ideology and economic proposals, alongside Gemma Andreae, a composed speaker taking part in her first debate. Asad Dharamsey and Gracie Spark countered with a strong opposition, claiming that Corbyn represents a welcome contrast to previous centre- left leaderships and that voters identify with his socialist principles.

A fierce “Question Time” style floor debate ensued, touching on Trident, terrorism, quantitative easing, CEOs pay, Stalin and Putin, with notable contributions from Finn Vergalen, Daisy Jowers and Maxim Makerov. The debate ended with an audience vote and a convincing win for the opposition.

English and Debating SES staff member, Karen Leetch, said, “The next debate will take place in February to discuss the motion "This House believes that we are too politically correct". All Sixth Form students, parents and friends of SES are warmly invited to attend.”