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Leeds youngsters put their debating skills to the test


Pupils from across Leeds primary schools will be putting their debating skills to the test at a special competition at Leeds Civic Hall this week.

To support and encourage Leeds schools to develop pupils’ confidence and debating skills, Leeds City Council is hosting a city-wide debating competition for pupils in years five and six.

  • Media opportunity:
  • When: Wednesday 24 May at 12.30 to 3.15pm
  • Where: Leeds Civic Hall banqueting hall.

Members of the media are invited to attend the Leeds primary debating competition finals. Filming and photography is welcomed, with interviews to take place at the end of the competition.

The teams of three have some tricky topics to debate throughout the course of the competition: Children should be allowed to wear what they like to school; it is cruel to keep animals in zoos and; happiness is more important than money.

Pupils from six primary schools will take part in the competition, which is now in its second year. They are: Oulton, Rufford Park, Harehills, Moor Allerton Hall, Bankside and White Laith primary schools.

Councillors Lisa Mulherin and Helen Hayden and the Lord Mayor elect Councillor Jane Dowson will present the certificates, medals and trophies to the winning pupils.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families said:

“Debating is a skill that it is important for pupils to develop as it can improve their confidence and self-esteem. Not only does it support pupils to express and justify their own opinions, it also provides a platform for them to consider the opinions and feelings of others.”