Referendum debate for pupils

STV HAS teamed up with Debating Matters to give secondary school pupils in the Angus area the opportunity to debate the big issues in the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.

The Scotland wide competition will be open to secondary five and six pupils in Angus who will have a chance to compete with other schools in their local authority area in preliminary rounds this summer.

From November 2013 the winners of the preliminary rounds will take part in eight regional heats, followed by the semi-finals held in Aberdeen, and the very final will take place at STV’s Glasgow studios during the spring of 2014.

The unique competition will give school pupils, many of who will be eligible to vote in the referendum on independence, the opportunity to research and discuss a selection of issues which could and will affect the future of Scotland.

STV will provide a platform for debates and cover the competition on air and online. Debating Matters will produce special editions of Topic Guides on the motions for debate.

For further information about the debating competition you can visit