Douglas Academy pupils debate Scottish independence

EUROPEAN ELECTION BALLOT BOX'PICTURE  DAVID MOIR  8/6/2004
EUROPEAN ELECTION BALLOT BOX'PICTURE DAVID MOIR 8/6/2004

Milngavie’s Douglas Academy will be debating the big issues in the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 in a schools debate.

The competition, organised by STV and Debating Matters, will be based on topics closely related to the referendum.

These being: Scotland has more in common with other small nations than with England; Scotland should have an elected head of state and on the referendum question itself - should Scotland be an independent country?

Douglas Academy will compete against Braes High School, Beaconhurst School and West Calder High School in one of eight regional heats from early November 2013.

The winners will then take part in the final held at STV’s Glasgow studios in March 2014. STV will provide a platform for the debates and cover the competition on air and online.

As well as engaging with the important issues and arguments around the referendum, students will have the opportunity to interact with leading figures at STV and opinion formers from all walks of life who will be judging the young debaters.

Robert Dawson Scott, head of customer engagement at STV, said: “The debating competition has received a great response so far, with schools from all 32 local authorities taking part. We look forward to some lively discussions as the regional heats get underway. STV is really pleased to be providing a platform for young people, many of whom will be voting for the first time in their lives in the referendum itself, to get to grips with the issues involved.”