Great Debate 2020

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The Great Debate is the HA's historical public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19. The theme for 2020 is "Should we judge historical figures by the morals of today?" 

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  • Great Debate FAQs

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

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  • Great new sponsor for the Great Debate

    1st October 2019

    We are pleased to announce that BBC History magazine and BBC World Histories have teamed up with the Historical Association to sponsor the Great Debate – one of the country’s leading speaking competitions for 15 to 18 year olds. The Historical Association has been running the Great Debate for over...

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  • The Great Debate 2020

    23rd September 2019

    Welcome to the page for the Historical Association's Great Debate: the historical public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19.  The final of this year's competition will be taking place at Windsor Castle on Saturday 28 March. It is being run in partnership with BBC World Histories Magazine. Please email greatdebate@history.org.uk with any queries or...

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  • Great Debate 2020 – Find your local heat

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    Heats will be taking place across the country over the autumn term. This list of available heats will be updated frequently. Please email greatdebate@history.org.uk in order to: Book onto a local heat Offer to host a local heat Subscribe for updates on heats as they are scheduled Register interest for...

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  • Creating the Debate: Public Speaking Guidance

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    Via the links and attachments below you can find a selection of resources and guidance on public speaking, both for teachers looking to get their students into debating and for contestants themselves looking for tips. Find out more about the Great Debate 2020 Sponsored by

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