The semi-final rounds have now come to an end and we would like to say a massive well done to all participants who delivered fantastic arguments for and against an unseen motion ('This house would introduce gender quotas to parliament') after just one hour's blind preparation time! 

Congratulations also to the four schools who have made it through to the grand final taking place on Thursday 7 June in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament:

  • Strathallan School
  • Lenzie Academy
  • Perth High School
  • Peebles High School


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