Great Debate 2021-22

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The Great Debate is the Historical Association's public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19. The theme for 2021-22 is "The 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II has seen global and widespread changes including in: societal infrastructure, industry, rural life, the environment and ideas: Which changes of the last 70 years have affected your local area the most?"

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  • Great Debate 2022

    23rd July 2021

    2022 is Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee. As the Queen is a patron of the Historical Association we will be doing a number of things to mark this historical event – including using her lengthy reign as inspiration to examine some of the ways the world has changed in that time.   Therefore,...

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  • Great Debate FAQs


    Below are some frequently asked questions about the Great Debate and the logistics of the heats. If you need more information, you can get in touch with us directly at How does the debate work? Each student will have five minutes to deliver their argument in response to the...

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  • The Great Debate 2021-22

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    What is the Great Debate? The Great Debate is a public speaking competition where students have five minutes to present their speech arguing their answer to the question.  2022 is Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee. As the Queen is our patron we have chosen to use her lengthy reign as inspiration to examine...

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