Debate days

Debate days

About debate days

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed

Do you teach law, history or politics? Would you like to give your students the chance to debate at the UK Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court offers ten educational institutions from across the UK the opportunity to take part in a debate day every academic year.

Debate days at The UK Supreme Court

On the day of the event

Debate days start with an introductory tour of the Supreme Court, followed by an interactive quiz. In the afternoon, students are split into groups ('for' and 'against' a legal question) where they work on constructing and formulating their argument assisted by Supreme Court staff, trained barristers and solicitors. A third group of students act as judges, considering the strength of the arguments put before them on the point of law at stake. The students are then given the unique opportunity to debate in one of the Supreme Court's courtrooms followed by a general Q&A session with a panel of lawyers.

Students are able to choose their preferred debate from a variety of topics, all of which relate to cases previously heard by the Supreme Court. Each debate enables students to not only look at the point of law raised in the case but also gives them an opportunity to debate the wider issue.

These workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn about the separation of powers, the role of the highest court in the land and the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court, in addition to developing their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Debate days at The UK Supreme Court

Visiting times and entry information

Debate day workshops are intended for either GCSE or A Level (or equivalent) students in England and Wales, Years 11 to 14 in Northern Ireland, or S4 to S6 in Scotland.

Debate days take place on Fridays, once a month, from 11:00 to 15:00.

Please note that all groups must ensure that there is a minimum of 15 students before booking and that there are two teachers available to accompany groups any larger than this. We cannot accommodate groups with more than 25 students.

For further information regarding our debate day programme please email us directly quoting 'Debate day'.

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