On Friday 19th October, seven Year 11 Walton High Prefects from the Walnut Tree Campus participated in ‘The Big Debate’. The Debate is an annual event organised by the MK Youth council for Secondary school students within Milton Keynes.
In total seven schools from Milton Keynes attended, with students from all year groups taking part and engaging enthusiastically with the variety of topics being discussed.
Students were able to choose and prepare for the focus for their discussions in advance of the debate.
On arrival the Walton High students firstly attended a workshop on focussed on practicing their debating skills, this included mini debates on controversial topics.
The second workshop then focussed on honing their debating skills with students being asked provide comments ‘for’ and one ‘against’ a particular topic.
After lunch the students were then invited to engage with a panel of key individuals all with a working focus on Milton Keynes. These included The Mayor of Milton Keynes - Councillor Sam Crooks, MK YCAB and Mark Lancaster - MP for Milton Keynes North.
The panel was there to answer any questions we had about the subject of ‘votes at 16’ and a variety of other topics being debated on the day including climate change and knife crime.
The students found the day to be very enjoyable and extremely beneficial, offering them key ideas about how to engage with others in a formal setting and some of the key skills required to debate effectively.