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School teams face tough challenge in Donald Dewar Debate

26 January 2011

Over 60 school debating teams are to debate the merits of work experience over learning foreign languages in the second stage of the Law Society of Scotland’s Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

The pupils, from 55 schools around Scotland, will take part in the second round, which is due to take place tomorrow (Thursday, 27 January) and Tuesday, 1 February. Sixteen teams will be chosen to go through to the semi-finals in March.

The annual competition, which is now the biggest school debating tournament in Scotland, is sponsored by Simpson and Marwick solicitors and Hodder Gibson publishers, and each year invites pupils from schools across Scotland to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other.

This year the competition is partnered by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.


Heather McPhee, development officer, Education and Training Policy at the Law Society of Scotland, said: “All the pupils who have made it through to the second stage heats are to be congratulated. There are always difficult decisions to be made when selecting teams to go through to the next rounds – which only get more difficult as the tournament progresses.”

James Alexander, Policy and Communications Manager at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry said: “We believe in a Scotland that is ambitious, enterprising and outward-looking. Debating competitions like this one encourage young people to develop their skills and maximise their potential.

"We’re delighted to be involved in this year’s competition and are really excited to see the competitors debate issues of importance, both to Scotland, and to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.”


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