Successful Regional Final for Debating Matters Team
Stamford Endowed Schools' Sixth Form students enjoyed a thought-provoking day of controversial debates at the East Regional Final of the Debating Matters competition, hosted by the University of Bedfordshire.
From its inception in 2003, the Debating Matters competition has developed a unique emphasis on intellectual substance rather than style, debating almost 200 contemporary issues (with an accompanying number of specially commissioned, research-rich topic guides available on their website.) The topics for discussion in the regional final focused on a wide range of current issues, from tougher regulation of the sharing economy to whether trigger warnings stifle debate.
Having won the area round in November, the SES team (Rory Russell, Zishi Zhang, Dan White, Daisy Jowers, Holly Smyth and Yaznia Pourmozafari) acquitted themselves with aplomb, only losing to the winning school. Zishi was given an honourable mention for his questions in the floor debate and Rory was given the highly commended individual speaker prize (a free pass for Bletchley Park).
In autumn 2017, Debating Matters will evolve once more to offer flagship events in 12 regions across the UK. These debate-packed one-day events will provide students with even better debating materials, a high-profile regional platform on which to debate, and an opportunity to meet and debate with a wider range of fellow students. Knowledge, intellectual challenge and an open exchange of ideas are needed more than ever to challenge the echo chamber of complacency and Stamford Endowed Schools hope to host one of these events in the future.