The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Supreme Court Debate Day Programme

Applications for the 2018/2019 Debate Day programme opened on 31 January 2018. The closing day for submissions is at midnight on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Debate day workshops are completely free and aimed at S4-S6 pupils, but may be of particular interest to pupils who are considering pursuing law or politics courses.

The workshop includes a tour of Supreme Court, a quiz, and a debate preparation session with professional lawyers. The students are then given the opportunity to debate in one of the courtrooms, followed by a Q and A session with the lawyers. Students can select their own debate question from a variety of topics, which all relate to previously heard cases by the Supreme Court.

The debate not only allows the student to learn about the point of law raised within the case, but also to consider debating the wider issues which surround it.

As well as being a useful tool for students’ CV’s and UCAS applications, the Debate Day aides critical thinking and public speaking, as well as learning about the Supreme Court itself and separation of powers.

The Debate Day programme offers ten educational institutions from across the UK the opportunity to take part in a debate day every academic year.

To be considered for the programme, please fill out the application form which can be found on the website:

Please apply before the 28 February.

Successful candidates will be notified before the end of March.