The Great Debate

The Great Debate is the HA's annual public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read about the Great Debate 2019 winners

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  • Great Debate 2019 winners

    3rd April 2019

    On Saturday 30 March 2019, a bright spring day, 21 students gathered at Windsor Castle for the Historical Association Great Debate final. The 21 finalists had already successfully won their local heats from across the UK and now they stood in the historic vaulted Vicar’s Hall, St George’s House, a stone's throw...

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  • The Great Debate 2019

    30th October 2018

    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 March 30th. It is funded by the Waterloo200 educational legacy plan on the Age of Revolution.  Details of the...

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  • Age of Revolutions Resources


    The Age of Revolution is a period in history, which, for the purposes of the Great Debate 2019, we are considering as 1775-1848. Over the course of these years, society underwent a series of revolutions in almost all theatres of life: political, war, social and cultural, and economic and technological....

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  • Creating the Debate: Public Speaking Guidance


    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 2019

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