Year 7, 8 and 9 Students Learn To Argue!

I suspect many parents may feel that they can argue very well already, but our articulate and thoughtful debaters astonished their workshop leader from the English Speaking Union on Wednesday 6 March!

24 students from the younger years at Oxford Spires spent the whole day doing something usually done by Sixth Formers – and doing it brilliantly. They learned to form a cogent argument, to use body language effectively, to make incisive and confident Points of Information, to pick holes in other arguments, to provide evidence and examples – by the end they were unbeatable!

The afternoon debates ran smoothly and impressively with Katie, their workshop leader, commenting, ‘It was a great session! The students were fabulous and I really enjoyed my day at Spires.’ Our thanks to her for her lively and intelligent teaching.

Now we have to find more competitions for them to enter…

I pity the parents after this – arguments over the dinner table are going to be even tougher…