On a rainy day at the University of Oxford, eight Primary School teams showed knowledge beyond their years in debates about a universal basic income for children and about the risks of allowing children to use technology from a young age.
The day culminated with students from Elmhurst Primary School in London going up against Plymouth Grove Primary School in Manchester, discussing whether or not democracy means even 12-year-olds should be allowed to vote in elections and referendums. After an intense debate, Plymouth Grove students took home the National Primary Debate Mate Cup trophy!
Earlier this month students from around the country headed to the heart of our government, the Houses of Parliament, for the Secondary Debate Mate Cup National Finals Day. 16 teams of some of the best young debaters in the country spoke about complex topics, such as breaking up big technology monopolies and creating more children’s stories without happy endings.
St Francis of Assisi from Liverpool, and St Matthews RC High School from London went head-to-head in the Grand Final at the Lord Mayor of London’s Office in Westminster, debating the motion ‘This House would not allow government employees to go on strike’, with St Matthews taking the winning title!
A huge congratulations to all the teams who took part this year!