Debating Matters Online January

January Championship 2021

After the great success of our autumn championships, Debating Matters gets the new year off to a flying start with another DM online competition.

In this third competition, sixth-form students from six schools will battle it out for the title of Debating Matters Online January Champions 2021 through a series of online debates across two weeks.

DEBATE 1: In the digital age, we should not expect our online activities to remain private

GROUP 1
Tues 26 January
14.00-15.30

FOR
The Ecclesbourne School

AGAINST
Havering College

CHAIR

Mo Lovatt

JUDGES
Sabine Beppler-Spahl
Luke Gittos
Michael Hollick

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Alastair Donald

GROUP 2
Weds 27 January
14.00-15.30

FOR
Gosforth Academy

AGAINST
Oundle School

CHAIR

Jacob Reynolds

JUDGES
Nicola Thomas
Martin Wright
Sean Bell

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Ella Whelan

DEBATE 2:Corporate sponsorship is good for the arts

GROUP 1
Weds 27 January
10.00-11.30

FOR
Havering College

AGAINST
University Technical College Norfolk

CHAIR

Rob Lyons

JUDGES
Shyama Perera
Austin Williams
Gabriella Swallow

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Mo Lovatt

GROUP 2
Thurs 28 January
14.00-15.30

FOR
Oundle School

AGAINST
St John Rigby College


CHAIR

Ella Whelan

JUDGES
Yasmin Fitzpatrick
Ali Miraj
Beverley Briggs

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Geoff Kidder

DEBATE 3: “Unhealthy lifestyles are not the business of government”

GROUP 2
Fri 29 January
14.00-15.30

FOR
St John Rigby College


AGAINST
Gosforth Academy

CHAIR

Jacob Reynolds

JUDGES
Prof Simon Kay
Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Pauline Hadaway


INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Geoff Kidder

FINAL DEBATE: “Western museums should repatriate cultural artefacts”

Tues 2 February, 14.00-16.00

FOR
Winner – Group 1

AGAINST
Winner – Group 2

CHAIR

Mo Lovatt

JUDGES
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Tim Abrahams
Prof Vicky Pryce

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES
Jacob Reynolds