Primary School Debating

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In 2012 West Cork Education Centre ran a Local Primary School Debating League.

Every day in our classrooms, we are aware of the importance of critical thinking skills such as analysis, flexible thinking, curiosity, open mindedness and deductive reasoning. The importance of these skills is evident in the Strategy for Literacy and Numeracy and the significance of oral language development.

Research clearly demonstrates that critical thinking skills are best developed by children through explicit instruction and practice. Structured debating competitions can be an excellent way of doing this. In addition, it develops a child’s self-confidence and promotes active listening.

In 2011, two primary teachers – Aideen Hand and Jill Murphy – set up a debating league in Dublin. The league was a complete success, culminating with an All-Ireland Primary Debating Final in TCD.

A website http://www.primarydebatingireland.com was created to guide teachers through the process of setting up debate contests in their classroom. Competition Guidelines will be made available to participating schools.

2016/2017Primary Schools Debating Project West Cork Final

Congratulations to Ardfield NS, our Regional Finalists for 2016-2017 and to all schools who participated in our Primary School Debating Initiative.

 

Debating Workshop Materials 2016

Communication styles game 125.7 KiB

Delivery matters print 12.8 KiB

I am the most useful 125.5 KiB

Powerpoint for Teachers 7.2 MiB

Primary Debating Handbook 2016 2.5 MiB

2015/2016Knockseagh nS finals

Congratulations to Knockskeagh NS, our Regional Finalists for 2015-2016 and to all schools who participated

in our Primary School Debating Initiative.

2014/2015

Congratulations to Drinagh NS, our Regional Finalists for 2014-2015 and to all schools who participated in our Primary School Debating Initiative.

2013/2014

West Cork enjoyed great success in this year’s Primary Debating Competition. Ballinacarriga NS won the local competition held in West Cork Education Centre. The Ballinacarriga team then went on to win the Regional Final against Kerry and the Inter-Regional Final against schools in the South East. The Inter-Regional Final was held in Dungarvan. It was a great occasion to see Ballinacarriga represent West Cork Education Centre in the All-Ireland Semi Finals held in UCD on April 1st. Well done to all at Ballinacarriga NS!

2012/2013

Congratulations to Ardfield NS, our Regional Finalists for 2012-2013 and to all schools who participated in our Primary School Debating Initiative.

Congratulations to all schools who have participated in Primary Debating.

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