Beds Police and Crime Commissioner announces Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition

As part of his election campaign, the Commissioner pledged to run an annual school debating competition for children aged 15-18.  Schools across Bedfordshire have been contacted to take part in the event.

Mr Akinbusoye said, “I am delighted that we are proceeding with this event for pupils and we very much welcome all schools to participate.  The debates provide a good opportunity for young people to develop their confidence, public speaking skills and also broaden their knowledge of social issues.  It’s going to be a fun experience for all involved”.

The competition is non-party political and the pupils will be required to illustrate views they do not necessarily hold, for the sake of debate.  Marks will be awarded for debating skills, debating style and substance of the argument.  The finalists will receive certificates, with the winning school receiving a £500 donation and the speakers receiving a £50 Amazon voucher each.

The dates for each round are as follows:

First Round: 

Date: Monday 8th November 2021

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Bedford Academy, Bedford


Second Round (Semi-Finals): 

Date:  Wednesday 17th November 2021

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Chiltern Academy, Luton



Date: Tuesday 30th November 2021

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Bedford Magistrates Court

The Competition Organiser is The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and all schools across Bedfordshire have been contacted. The closing date for applications for the debate is 18th October 2021. If any schools would like to get in touch please email

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