The Oxford Union Society's annual schools' competition is the biggest schools debating competition in the UK, aimed at students aged 14-18.
The workshop, which was held on Thursday 2 October, welcomed pupils and staff from six West Midlands schools and colleges including Kings Norton Girls' School, King Edward VI College Stourbridge, King Edwards Stratford upon Avon, RGS Worcester, Warwick School and Colmers School. The pupils were joined by students from Cadbury College’s Debating Society, who are all aiming to compete in this year’s competition.
Experienced Oxford Union debaters ran the workshop and introduced students to the British Parliamentary debating style which included tips on coming up with arguments, structuring speeches and speaking with confidence. There was also a talk about student life in Oxford and applying to the university.