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Young Passmores Academy debaters speak at Westminster

Education: Secondary / Mon 20th Aug 2018 at 10:22am

Young Debaters Speak at Westminster

FOUR Year 10 students from Passmores Academy were lucky enough to be selected to take part in a prestigious Youth Debate at Westminster, organised by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) and the Religious Education Council (REC).

The event was designed to highlight the importance of religious education in schools, and was an opportunity to demonstrate how Passmores is improving the awareness and understanding young people have of all faiths and beliefs.

Passmores was up against a number of other strong schools whose students were experienced debaters. But, arguing in favour of religious education to be taught in schools, the motion was carried, and Passmores was on the winning side of the debate.

Students Harry Beavis, Niamh Carroll, Cassie Gordon, and Daniel Wiley were also given a tour of Parliament before meeting with Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon. Mr Halfon spent some time talking with the students and was so impressed, he offered them all the chance to take part in work experience at the Houses of Parliament later in the year.

Harry, who is also Head Boy of Passmores, said: ‘The debate went really well. I hadn’t realised how formal it would be, but there was a strict procedure and it was all very professionally run. I’d like to do another debate like this on some other topic that I’m familiar with’.

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