Teach First has recently partnered with Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition 2015/16 to help schools from low-income communities to participate in this fiercely competitive and long-established event, which will be held at the Oxford University Union on 12 March.
Debating is an invaluable educational tool, teaching students to think critically, articulate themselves under pressure, structure arguments and engage with current affairs and political issues. The competition this year has focused heavily on making debating accessible to all, regardless of background. Teach First is proud to be supporting this by helping pupils from low-income areas, who would not otherwise be able to participate, to travel to the event.
Oxford Schools’ is the biggest debating competition in the UK and is aimed at students aged 14-18. This year, over 1,300 students from all over the world – from the UK, to Canada, to the Philippines – have signed up to take part. Winners from the regionals across the UK and Ireland will be joining international teams to battle it out at the Oxford Union this Saturday.
We will be present on the day, with representatives giving a presentation to all competitors on our mission to address educational inequality through the Leadership Development Programme.
For more information, visit the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition 2015/16 website.