Manchester Academy students won the argument at the Greater Manchester round of the Debate Mate Cup.
The competition is run by Debate Mate which works with schools to raise aspirations amongst young people by teaching them key skills through debating programmes.
Last month Manchester Academy’s five strong team successfully debated against schools from across the region to win the Greater Manchester round and secure themselves a place in the National Finals, to be held in London in July.
The team, which comprised Saed Mohammed, Adlan Anazim, Haaris Ghani, Ismail Miah and Thomas Mohammd, spoke on a number of topics including:
- Whether companies should pay a carbon tax;
- If only violent criminals should go to prison;
- If a three-day weekend would benefit the economy and employees’ mental health.
The final debate focused on the government and surveillance and saw the Manchester Academy team take the Greater Manchester title. Thomas Mohammd also won an individual prize for his questioning skills towards the opposing team in the final!
Commenting on their success, Manchester Academy Principal James Eldon said:
“As a school committed to providing an Education with Character, we are always looking at opportunities for our students to develop themselves and Debate Mate is the perfect example of that, helping our students confidently, articulately and successfully get their points across. A huge ‘well done’ to the team and good luck in the finals!”