Topics such as bullying were discussed the first ever Worcestershire Schools Debating Competition earlier this week.

St Barnabas CE Primary emerged victorious after securing a unanimous vote from the judges.

The event took place at The Hive, Worcester, with ten Worcestershire primary schools competing.


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The contest, recognising Anti-Bullying Week, featured five debates revolving around the theme of bullying.

The competition was judged by children's author Onjali Rauf, Mayor of Worcester Louis Stephen and director of oracy charity Voice 21 Amy Gaunt.

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Prior to the competition, the students participated in oracy workshops before facing each other in afternoon debates.

Pupils deliberated on topics such as "banter should be classed as bullying", and "children should not be online because of bullying".

Sarah Hanson, headteacher of St Barnabas CE Primary, said: "What a fantastic day for the children of Worcestershire.

"This win for St Barnabas really is testament to the hard work of the children and staff to develop oracy skills at our school.

"Our work with Voice 21 has been transformational and is giving our children a voice and a future.

"Thank you to all of our competitors and judges for making it such a special day."