London Primary Debating Championships 2017

On Tuesday Noisy Classroom hosted the ninth annual London Primary Debating Championships, in partnership with New College of the Humanities at their fantastic Bedford Square building.

It was a brilliant day of debating, with teams from Hackney,  Hillingdon, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, and Wandsworth.

Teams debated the merits of learning a foreign language, and the possibility of replacing teachers with computers.

After a tough day of debating the teams from Hillingdon and Wandsworth went through to the Grand Final, debating whether or not children should be paid to go to school.

It was a very close debate, but in the end the competition was won by Ryefield school in Hillingdon.

Congratulations to all the teams involved on the day, and to all of the teams who competed in their borough competitions – it has been a fantastic few months of Primary debating in London.

Thank you so much to all the teachers who have helped to make this competition so successful, and a huge thank you also to New College of the Humanities for providing such an illustrious and aspirational venue.

If you’re interested in getting involved in next year’s championships, either as a primary school that competes or a secondary school which helps organise a borough round, email

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