The Urban Debate League this year has seen some of the highest scores ever. Teams from all across the country came together in London for the UDL Finals Days.
At the University of Law, ten Primary School teams debated two challenging motions about Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law to determine who would debate on the stage for the Primary Urban Debate League National Champions trophy.
The students from Blue Coat Junior School and Plymouth Grove Primary School – who had travelled down from Walsall and Manchester respectively – delivered passionate speeches against and in favour of abolishing the Monarchy in the Grand Final Debate, with Plymouth Grove taking home the trophy!
The Secondary Urban Debate League Finals Day took place at City University of London and Shearman & Sterling Law firm. The students delivered some really impressive arguments on current topics, such as the potential harms of content going viral online.
The Urban Debate League Grand Final motion was ‘This House Believes that national sporting teams from the UK should boycott events hosted in countries with bad human rights records.’ This difficult motion was brilliantly tackled by students from Mount Saint Mary’s Catholic School from Leeds, and Saint Angela’s Roman Catholic School from London. The two teams were so great they divided the judging panel – but ultimately, Mount Saint Mary’s Catholic School took home the trophy!
Big Well Done to all teams who took part in the Finals’ Days this year!