School to debate the indy question

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

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

The issues will include Scotland’s similarity with other small nations and its difference from England; whether Scotland should have an an elected head of state and on the referendum question itself - should Scotland be an independent country?

The school 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 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 expect lively debate.”