SSA Pupils Celebrate National Recognition in Debating Competition

Pupils at Stratford School Academy have celebrated national success coming 2nd out of 160 UK secondary schools at the Urban Debate League tournament. The pupils have been training with Debate Mate since October 2015.

The teams took part in two debates and the motions were:

  • This House would introduce child curfews after 8:00 pm.
  • This House would ban the advertising of things that are bad for your health.

The Debate Mate programme has seen fantastic participation and enthusiasm from our pupils. Debate Mate recruits and trains University students to run extra-curricular debate workshops in schools.

The programme aims to raise speaking and listening attainment, as well as to improve a range of high order thinking skills and non-cognitive abilities such as teamwork, confidence and leadership.

Ioana, year 9 said, ‘I am so excited that we came 2nd nationally in this competition, the debates are so interesting as the topics relate to everyday life.’

Ashfer, year 9 said, ‘I am really looking forward to the next competition, the debates have been challenging and we have tried our best and are happy with our result.’

‘Their commitment to debating is excellent and I wish them the very best of luck in the second round of the competition.’ Ms Goksungur.

We wish all pupils the best of luck for the next competition which will be held on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

Click here for the full Newham Recorder article.

On the link below, you can find the top 50% of schools overall and further breakdown by region.

UDL Secondary Round 1 Results


Debate Mate Cup 2016

Following on from this event pupils attended the Debate Mate Cup! The finals were held at the Marylebone Campus, University of Westminster on Wednesday April 20th 2016.