Skip to main content

Local pupils to debate compensation for historical injustice in Law Society tournament

13 January 2016 | tagged News release

Pupils from schools across Scotland are getting ready to debate the pros and cons of paying compensation for historical injustices 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 102 Scottish schools putting their powers of persuasion to the test as they debated whether the internet does more harm than good. 61 teams made it through to the next stage of the competition and are now preparing to debate the motion ‘This House believes that compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations’ in the second round heats.

Laura Gulliver, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society, said: “We’ve had a great start to this year’s Donald Dewar Debating Tournament and I’m excited to see eight of the 14 schools taking part in the competition for the first time making it through to the next round.

“Debating is a great skill to have which as well as being good fun. Many schools now have debating clubs and they really encourage pupils to learn how to build convincing arguments and give them a voice to express their views and opinions.

“We set the teams a challenge in the opening rounds by asking if the internet is harmful and I look forward to seeing how the teams approach the next motion on compensation for historical injustice.”

“The June final in the Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber was an exciting finish to the last tournament, with superb performances from some very talented young people, some who had entered the competition for the first time, as they debated whether the media should restrict coverage of terrorist attacks.”

Second round heats are taking place on 21 and 26 January and the semi-finals will be held in March 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:

61 of the original 128 teams have qualified for the second round heats which take place on 21 and 26 January. Schools taking part for the first time are marked * and host schools for second round heats are in bold.

Name of School

Town

Alness Academy

Alness

Balfron High School

Balfron

Banchory Academy

Banchory

Barrhead High School

Glasgow

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Boroughmuir High School

Edinburgh

Braes High School

Falkirk

Buckhaven High

Leven

Cathkin High school*

Glasgow

Charleston Academy*

Inverness

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Denny High School

Denny

Douglas Academy

Glasgow

Dumbarton Academy

Dumbarton

Dumfries Academy

Dumfries

Dunfermline High School

Dunfermline

Falkirk High School

Falkirk

George Watson's College

Edinburgh

High School of Dundee

Dundee

Holy Cross High School

Hamilton

Invergordon Academy*

Invergordon

Inverness Royal Academy

Inverness

Kilsyth Academy*

Kilsyth

King's Park Secondary

Glasgow

Lomond School

Helensburgh

Madras College

St Andrews

Mallaig High School

Mallaig

Marr College

Troon

Mearns Castle High School

Glasgow

Menzieshill High School

Dundee

Morrison's Academy

Crieff

Nairn Academy

Nairn

Our Lady's High School

Motherwell

Queensferry High School

Edinburgh

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Saint Peter the Apostle High School*

Clydebank

St Aloysius' College

Glasgow

St Andrew's and St Bride's High

East Kilbride

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St Margaret's School for Girls

Aberdeen

St. Maurice's High School

Glasgow

Strathallan School

Forgandenny

The Community School of Auchterarder

Auchterarder

The High School of Glasgow

Glasgow

The James Young High School*

Livingston

The Mary Erskine School

Edinburgh

The Royal High School

Edinburgh

Uddingston Grammar School

Uddingston

Wellington School

Ayr

Whitburn Academy*

Whitburn

Woodfarm High School*

Glasgow

Woodmill High School

Fife

 

ENDS                                                                          13 January 2016

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.

Footage of the 2014/2015 tournament final is available from the Scottish Parliament https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRXURZRvHpc

For more information about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, visit www.lawscot.org.uk/debating or follow @lawscot #DewarDebate on Twitter.

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

 

Back to articles