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Published Monday 14th of September 2015 05:15:31 PM

ACS Egham students from the Speech and Debate society recently took the opportunity to practice their debating skills with a visit to the Houses of Parliament at Westminster Palace. Seventeen Speech and Debate society students aged from 14 to 17, took part in a Debating in Parliament workshop and tour during their visit to the UK’s political hub. The workshop gave students the chance to develop their own debating techniques by learning about the styles of discussion used in Parliament through watching MPs debate in a series of videos. Afterwards students got the opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the gallery and halls in Westminster Palace. Mr David Rea, High School teacher and trip Coordinator, commented: “The Houses of Parliament are a place of great historic and contemporary significance to the UK. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to accompany students on a tour of the Palace and see them engage with and discuss the role of debate in Democracy and Parliament. We were very fortunate to see first hand the, British political system at its most authentic. The students really enjoyed being able to actively practice their debating skills during the afternoon workshop, not many young people can say they have debated in such a prestigious place and stood where iconic figures like Churchill, Mandela and Obama did when they addressed the Houses of Parliament.” The students will be using the information they learned about forming arguments, presenting ideas and responding to challenges during Parliament Week later in the year and when they compete in debating competitions in the coming months.
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