Great Debate 2024

The Great Debate is the Historical Association's public-speaking competition for school years 10 -13. 

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  • The Great Debate Final 2024

    25th March 2024

    Winner:  Emma Crow of Broxburn Academy, Broxburn, Scotland  Runners up:  Abigail Powers of The Ladies’ College, Guernsey  Erica Wright of William Farr School, Lincolnshire  Rachel McGarry of Shavington Academy, Crewe, Cheshire  Finalists Sofia Ntege, North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury Harry Gray, Exeter School, Exeter Rhea Cherrington, Bablake School, Coventry Molly Grimshaw,...

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  • Get involved with the Great Debate 2025

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    We are now looking for schools and venues across the country to host a regional heat in November, December 2024 or January 2025. If you are interested in hosting a heat, please fill out the form below. The form will close on Sunday 16 June 2024. Successful applicants will be...

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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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