The Tetley Years 10 & 11 Schools Debating Competition 2018

Thursday 25 January 2018, The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, 3pm to 7pm

The Tetley and The Leeds Salon host the third, annual schools debating competition for Years 10&11 (ages 14 to 16 years) for central and south Leeds schools. The competition is a one-off event, using the format and topic guides of the Institute of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition - which emphasises content over presentational style, and taking ideas and young people seriously.

As well as being crowned The Tetley champions, the winners will also go into the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Competition against the three north Leeds qualifying round winners to be held at the HEART Centre on 21 March.

We are also very pleased to announce that the competition will once again be sponsored by leading Yorkshire law firm, LCF Law.


Gene Editing

Historic Monuments

Contact Sports


Mount St Mary's



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Woodkirk Academy






Woodkirk Academy




Mount St Mary's






15:45 – Mock Debate 1

“We Should Welcome the Advent of Human Genome Editing”


Paul Butterworth, NHS Digital
Nathalie Bethesda, Leeds Beckett
Cathy Cook, LCF Law

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

16:45 – Mock Debate 2

"Monuments to Controversial Historical Figures Should Remain"

Taneesha Ahmed, The Tetley
Richard Smyth
, Author & Historian
Nathalie Bethesda
, Leeds Beckett

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

17:40 – Refreshment Break

17:50 – Debate 3

“We Should Accept the Risk Inherent in Contact Sports"

Cathy Cook, LCF Law
Richard Smyth
, Author & Historian
Paul Butterworth
, NHS Digital

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

18:45-19:00 – Judges’ Deliberations & Results

TETLEY CHAMPIONS 2018: Woodkirk Academy

Names of Team (from L to R): Elliot Butler, Caitlin Jewell, Jamie Haigh, Archie Simpson with their prizes the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Renaissance and £10 Vue Cinema vouchers.









BEST INDIVIDUAL: Yaniat Menghisha, Mount St Mary's

The Tetley's Participation Producer Taneesha Ahmed presents Yaniat with her prizes The Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Enlightenment, a £10 Vue Cinema voucher, and Tetley merchandinse.



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