Schools Debating Competition

For the past 3 years we have trialled the Cambridge University 'British Parliamentary Schools' debating which is favoured by local universities. City of Cardiff Rotaract have led on this with our support.

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Competitive debating is a fun activity akin to a game in which we examine ideas and policies with the aim of persuading people within an organised structure. It allows us to consider the world around us by thinking about different arguments, engaging with opposing views and speaking strategically.

In every debate there is a motion: a statement, idea or policy that is disputed and framed within the prefix 'This House'. There are two sides to the debate: the government and the opposition. The government, also known as the proposition, supports the motion whilst the opposition opposes it. After the debate, the judges will decide which debaters were most persuasive.

The format we use in competitive debating is called British Parliamentary, as it resembles a debate in the British Parliament and it is the international standard for university-level competitive debating.