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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:00 Misc Register Now Cambridge Schools Debating Competition 2016

Cambridge Schools Debating Competition 2016

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:00

Misc

Competition Structure

The competition is divided into three rounds: the Local RoundsRegional Finals and Finals Day.

The Local Round will be hosted at a School in your area. Teams from around the area will converge on the host school where they will be put into rooms of 4 teams. Debates will be in the standard British Parliamentary format (click here to download our guide on this style of debating). The first motion for the local rounds will be pre-announced, although teams will not know their position. The second debate will have its motion announced 15 minutes before the start of the second debate, and teams can use this time to prepare their speeches. After the second debate the judge (an experienced University debater provided by the Cambridge Union) will select the team from the four he or she feels has been the best over the two debates. This team will proceed to the regional finals. (For an explanation of the criteria used to make the decision, please see the BP debating guide).

The Regional Final will draw from a wider area, and so tends to be a bit further to travel. The format is the same as the local round, with two debates and the best team from four proceeding to the next round. The only difference is that there will be no pre-announced motion for the second round - both motions will be announced 15 minutes prior to the debates.

NB: The local and regional rounds may take a different format in Scotland and Ireland. Please email us for further details.

Teams who win their regional round get the honour of being invited to the Cambridge Union itself to compete on Finals Day. Finals Day features a mere handful of teams compared to the number who originally entered (1/16 entered teams reach finals day), and making it this far is quite an achievement. Finals Day follows a different format to the earlier rounds. There will be four rounds of debating, with points awarded depending on your position in each debate. After the first 4 rounds in which everybody competes, the 8 teams with the most points will proceed to the knockout semi-finals. After these debates, the best 2 teams in each Semi final will advance to the grand final, where one will be crowned Schools Champion!

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