STV/Debating Matters: The Referendum School Debate

Debating Matters teamed up with STV to give secondary school pupils across Scotland the opportunity to debate the big issues in the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.

This unique competition, using the challenging Debating Matters format, and held in partnership with STV, gave secondary five and six pupils from all 32 Scottish local authorities - many of whom will have the opportunity to vote in the forthcoming referendum - the chance to research and discuss issues which will affect the future of Scotland. STV provided a platform for debate and covered the competition on air and online and Debating Matters produced special editions of our acclaimed Topic Guides on the motions for debate.

Six Topic Guides were produced for the STV Debating Referendum Schools Debate, including one of the referendum question itself, and these are freely available for everyone to access:

Currency: “An independent Scotland needs an independent currency”
Monarchy: “Scotland should have an elected head of state”
Nationalism: “Nationalism is an idea that has no place in the 21st century”
NATO: “An independent Scotland should be a member of NATO”
Small Nations: “Scotland has more in common with other small nations than with its neighbour England”
The Referendum Question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

See the original launch video below:

And access the dedicated STV project website below:

Click on the image above to be taken to the STV/Debating Matters The Referendum Schools Debate website


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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