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Local pupils to debate immigration controls in Law Society tournament

19 January 2015 | tagged News release

Pupils from schools across Scotland are getting ready to debate the pros and cons of immigration controls in the second round of the Law Society of Scotland’s national debating tournament.

The opening rounds of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament saw 128 teams from 97 Scottish schools putting their powers of persuasion to the test as they debated the pros and cons of EU membership. 64 teams won through to the next stage of the competition and are now preparing to debate the motion ‘This House would abolish all immigration controls’ in the second round heats.

Heather McKendrick, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society, said: “We’ve had an excellent start to this year’s Donald Dewar Debating Tournament and it’s great to see 11 of the schools taking part in the competition for the first time winning through to the next round. Debating is a great skill to have and can be great fun as well as helping pupils learn how to build convincing arguments and give them a voice to express their views and opinions.

“Young people in Scotland have shown great democratic interest over the last year and the motion for the opening rounds of this year’s tournament saw students tackling the issue of EU membership. I look forward to seeing how the teams approach the next motion on immigration controls.”

Second round heats are taking place on 20 and 29 January and the semi-finals will be held in early spring before the final in June.

The Law Society awards the first prize of £1,000 and the top two teams will share educational books to the value of £500 donated by the event sponsor, Hodder Gibson.

Further information and a Law Society video about the tournament featuring the 2013/14 winners and runners up can be found at www.lawscot.org.uk/debating.

All schools through to round 2 are listed below:

64 of the original 128 teams have qualified for the second round heats which take place on 20 and 29 January. Schools taking part for the first time are marked * and host schools for second round heats are in bold.

Name of School

Town

Aberdeen Grammar

Aberdeen

Balfron High School

Balfron

Banchory Academy

Banchory

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Blairgowrie High School*

Blairgowrie

Boclair Academy

Bearsden

Boroughmuir High school

Edinburgh

Boroughmuir High school

Edinburgh

Braes High School

Falkirk

Braes High School

Falkirk

Bucksburn Academy

Aberdeen

Caldervale High School*

Airdrie

Clifton Hall school*

Edinburgh

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Douglas Academy

Milngavie

Douglas Academy

Milngavie

Dumbarton Academy

Dumbarton

Dunblane High School

Dunblane

Dunfermline High School

Dumfermline

Falkirk High School *

Falkirk

Glenalmond College

Perthshire

Grove Academy

Broughty Ferry

Hawick High School

Hawick

High School of Dundee

Dundee

Hillpark Secondary

Glasgow

Holy Cross High School

Hamilton

Hyndland Secondary*

Glasgow

Kingussie High School*

Kingussie

Kinross High School

Kinross

Kirkcudbright Academy

Kirkcudbright

Lanark Grammar School

Lanark

Lenzie Academy

Lenzie

Madras College

St Andrews

Menzieshill High School

Dundee

Merchiston Castle School

Edinburgh

Morrison's Academy

Creiff

Nairn Academy

Nairn

Our Lady's High School

Motherwell

Perth Academy

Perth

Prestwick Academy*

Prestwick

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Springburn Academy*

Springburn

St Aloysius' College

Glasgow

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St George's School for Girls

Edinburgh

St Joseph's College

Dumfries

St Margaret's School for Girls

Aberdeen

St Mary's Music School

Edinburgh

St Maurice's High School

Cumbernauld

St Peter the Apostle High School*

Clydebank

St. Andrew's and St. Bride's

East Kilbride

Stewart's Melville College

Edinburgh

Strathallan school

Perth

The Glasgow Academy

Glasgow

The Mary Erskine School

Edinburgh

Thurso High School

Thurso

Uddingston Grammar School

Uddingston

Wellington School

Ayr

Whitburn Academy*

Whitburn

Woodmill High School*

Dumfermline

 

ENDS                                                                          19 January 2015

 

Notes to editors: Established in 1999 and now in its 15th year, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament is Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament and is open to pupils in all Scottish secondary schools. Organised and run by the Law Society of Scotland, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of the former First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, who died in 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Sarah Sutton on 0131 476 8170 or email sarahsutton@lawscot.org.uk.

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