Create the Debate

Welcome to Create the Debate, Free Speech’s partnership with BBC Learning, Parliament Week and the UK Youth Parliament.

We’ve got a new round of debates, which we’re launching with these five short films and a downloadable PDF.

Fronting the films are the Free Speech five:

- Rick Edwards, The front man of Free Speech

- Tina Daheley, The voice of Newsbeat

- Dan Howell, The King of the Internet

- Will Best, The face of You Generation

- Jameela Jamil, The Queen of Charts

Each film sets up a debate on an issue that has been voted for by almost half a million young people across the UK. Those debates are:

- Should 16 and 17-year-olds be given the vote?

- Should the national curriculum include compulsory PSHE, covering topics such as politics and sex and relationships education?

- Should work experience should be compulsory for every school pupil?

- Should local authorities with high youth unemployment invest in jobs for young people?

- Should all schools enter into a zero tolerance policy on bullying?

So, here’s what we think you should do.

Download the Create the Debate pack (PDF, 1.9 MB), watch the five short films below – they’re only a couple of minutes long - then debate the issues with your class. The pack is full of tips on how to run a good debate, and once you’ve finished in the classroom head to:

where the debate continues online with young people from all over the country.

These five debates are building up to Parliament Week 2013, which runs in the House of Commons from Friday 15th November.

So that’s it. Go forth and Create the Debate.

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