How did the First World War affect me and my community?
Who can take part?
The Great Debate is a public-speaking competition for students aged between 16-19 years in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Why the Great Debate?
The competition is an ideal opportunity for your students to gain valuable experience in speaking to an audience and developing their debating skills, confidence and self-estee. Watch last year's winner Charlotte Mallon share her experiences on our website.
The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize and membership to the Historical Association, and their school will win prizes from our sponsors. All finalists will also receive prizes.
This year’s Great Debate question is: How did the First World War affect me and my community?
Students can choose to talk about anything to do with the First World War and explain how and why it has made an impact on their personal lives and/or their local, social, cultural, religious, ethnic (or other) community. They will have a maximum of five minutes to present their case and then field questions from the judges.
The Great Debate is divided into regional heats that take place across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland this autumn, culminating in the Grand Final in London in March 2017. 10-12 schools can take part per heat. Please see 'Tickets available' for information on where heats are being held and our Event Calendar for further details for individual heats.
What do I do next?
To register your school’s interest, please select the region in which you would like to compete and select one ticket. There is no charge for entering the competition.
Schools may enter one student each, though more may be permitted for undersubscribed areas. Sixth form colleges may field up to four candidates upon request: to enquire please contact Maheema Chanrai at email@example.com. We suggest that schools hold their own internal heats to put forward their best student for the regional rounds.
Please contact our Education and Events Officer, Maheema Chanrai at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.