On Friday 8th June the TED debating group took part in a competitive debate, judged by our Governor Mrs. Karan Gilmore, who has a wealth of experience when it comes to debates. The children met on Friday afternoon, just after lunch, and had under an hour in order to prepare their arguments. The topic for the debate was ‘Should alcohol be illegal in the UK’, as voted for by members of the TED debating group before May half-term. Each team was allowed three speakers, all of who were allowed a maximum of three minutes to present their points, backed up with research and facts, before questions were opened up to the floor. It was a very close debate, but in the end the opposing team won for the breadth and depth of their arguments. It was extremely valuable for the children to gain tips on eye contact, presentation and summary, which Mrs. Gilmore helped us with in her feedback.