Manchester Academy students proved their point when they won the Greater Manchester round of the Debate Mate Cup.
The competition is run by Debate Mate, an organisation which aims to tackle educational disadvantage in some of Britain’s most deprived communities.
It does this through the recruitment and training of university students to run extra-curricular debate workshops in schools with an above average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals, with its programmes helping to increase speaking and listening attainment, as well as improving confidence, teamwork, and leadership amongst those taking part.
Last month saw Manchester Academy’s five strong team successfully debate 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.
Comprising of students Saed Mohammed, Adlan Anazim, Haaris Ghani, Ismail Miah and Thomas Mohammd, the academy team talked 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 Mohammad 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 to confidently, articulately and successfully get their points across. A huge ‘well done’ to the team and good luck in the finals!”