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PCC's School Debate Competition 2022

Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition 2022 - POSTER

PCC’s School Debate Competition 

Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye, is keen to promote the skills of public speaking and debate in Bedfordshire students by encouraging their participation in Parliamentary style debating.

The Competition will be non-Party political. Each team will consist of two pupils from the same school, aged between 15 – 18 year olds. They will be required to expound views they do not necessarily hold, for the sake of debate. Judging is entirely impartial. Marks are awarded for debating skills and style as well as the substance of the argument.

Motions chosen for debate are designed to be topical. Your category will be chosen by the Speaker, who will also choose your perspective (whether you are for or against). This information will be sent to you 10 days prior to your debate.

First Round (LUTON Schools):

Date: Monday 7th November 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: TBC

First Round (CENTRAL BEDS Schools):

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: TBC


First Round (BEDFORD Schools):

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: TBC

Second Round (Semi-Finals):

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, Bedfordshire Police HQ


Date: Wednesday 7th December 2022 

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Westminster, London

Please note: Each team will need to be available to attend all 3 rounds.

If your school would like to participate in this debating competition, please contact 

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