Our Sixth Form students have been invited to take part in a nationwide debate about the origins of civil liberties. The Great Debate competition, run by the Historical Association, aims to get students aged between 16 and 19 to debate their case for five minutes and answer questions from a panel of judges.
Students who wish to take part can enter local heats at the University of Northampton this Thursday. The winner of that will go through to the final which will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London next year.
The Historical Society said: ‘2015 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, an event that is often described as a significant turning point in the development of civil liberties. After 800 years is it still significant? Or would you cite another turning point that has greater bearing on your civil liberty today? This year's question to be debated is: ‘What does Magna Carta mean to me?'
'The entrant can choose to talk about Magna Carta or can pick an event, object, document, building, individual or group and explain why it has made an impact on their personal civil liberties, why it has wider historical significance and why it is more significant for them than Magna Carta.’
Humanities teacher Mr Rutt said: ‘A lot of people see the Magna Carta as laying the foundation for modern democracy in Britain. Students need to be good at oratory skills and be able to analyse both sides of an argument, to consider the pros and cons of the Magna Carta. It is really good to put on a CV for UCAS and a chance to meet new people and learn about something different and engage at a national level with all sorts of academics. There is a cash prize for students, a prize for the school and a subscription for students to the Historical Association and other sponsored gifts that will go to students and to the school.’
For more information on the competition or how to take part contact Mr Rutt or click the link below.