2020 Schools' Competition Topics

Year 5

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That cats are better than dogs.
Round 2: Topic TBA.
Round 3: Topic TBA.

Year 6/7

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That iPads, computers and tablets in primary school should be banished.
Round 2: Topic TBA.
Round 3: Topic TBA.

Year 8

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 4 minutes; warning bell at 3 minutes.

Round 1: That digital tracking of children is good parenting.
Round 2: Topic TBA.
Round 3: Topic TBA.

Year 9

Rounds 1 to 4 are Prepared Debates.
Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.


Round 1: That dumpster diving should be discouraged.
Round 2: Topic TBA.

Year 10

Rounds 1 to 3 are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 1: That Banksy is the leader of an art revolution.
Round 2: Topic TBA.
Round 3: Topic TBA.

Senior


Round 1: That taking down statues is ‘a false rewriting of history’. Macron.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 2: Topic TBA.
One card debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 3: Topic TBA.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Special Formats of Prepared Debates

Quodlibetical Topic

There are a number of issues that can’t be easily expressed in a one-line topic. Therefore you have been given a fictitious scenario, outlined by a few paragraphs, and a topic that is based on this scenario. The following should be noted:

1. The first speaker should not attempt to define the topic word for word, but rather should define the issue(s) or dilemma(s) that the topic presents.

2. It is this issue or dilemma that should be debated in an attempt to prove whichever side of the topic, i.e. feel free to debate the particular issue generally, but be sure to link it back to the topic as this is what you want to argue for or against.

3. There is no need for the first speaker to read out the initial paragraphs as the Chairman will do this before announcing the topic, however, any speaker may refer to these paragraphs as part of his/her argument.

4. Debaters are welcome and are encouraged to conduct further research on the issues presented but note that the scenario itself is often fictitious.