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Lichfield students take runners-up prize in debating competition

Lichfield students have finished runners-up in a debating contest.

Members of the King Edward VI School debating team

Members of the King Edward VI School debating team

Pupils from King Edward VI School were narrowly beaten after a fierce day of competitition in the  Pfizer Debating Matters contest in Leicester.

The students from Lichfield saw off stiff competition from across the region, debating contemporary issues such as There should be no limits on artistic expression and China and India are right to resist binding carbon emission targets. They took on Kings Norton Girls’ School in the final, narrowly losing out in the debate, which focused on Trial by jury is the best guarantor of justice.

Robbie Beck from King Edward VI School said:

“The topics are supremely interesting and up to the nanosecond in terms of their relevance. Taking part in the competition has been a real learning curve, the observations and sometimes criticism from the judges were very important in shedding light on some highly contested issues – but this actually gives us the opportunity to go away and really develop our thinking on the issues.”

The students won £500 of Hodder Education books for their school and subscriptions to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Sue Sly, the teacher who coached the King Edward VI School, said:

“The Regional Final has really just been the tip of the iceberg for the team. We have all been meeting up regularly over several weeks to try and discuss these issues inside out. Being part of the competition has been a transformative experience for us all, teachers and students. As a teacher it is a joy to move outside the constraints of the curriculum, to have the freedom to engage in open discussions with our students.”

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