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2010 Schools Question Time winners announced

Four schools have won the 2010 Schools Question Time Challenge.

Yunde and Alexandra (Photo: James Wooldridge / BBC)
Students take part in the Question Time Workshop 2010

Two students from each school will now join David Dimbleby and the Question Time team for a workshop in May.

They will also shadow members of the production team as they produce an edition of the programme on 8th July.

The four winning schools are Whitby Community College, St Cecilia's Wandsworth, Crosskeys College (South Wales) and Beal High School, Essex.

All four schools recently staged a Question Time event and were judged, along with 11 others across the UK, in various categories including citizenship skills, creativity and project management.

High standard

Students from all four winning schools submitted ideas for their ideal QT when they originally entered the competition last year.

The organisers of the Schools Question Time Challenge said the competition was of a very high standard this year.

David Dimbleby and some of the 2009 student producers on the Question Time set. (Photo: James Wooldridge / BBC)
David Dimbleby with some of the student producers of 2009

The Schools Question Time Challenge aims to help students aged 14 to 18 in schools nationwide by supporting the citizenship curriculum, helping improve students' public speaking and listening skills, and engaging young people in society and politics. It has now run for seven years.

Schools were invited last September to register for a free online education resource pack to support the teaching of citizenship and political literacy for secondary school pupils in the classroom.

The resource pack included a new Politics and Parliament Toolkit with lesson plans on the different roles of Parliament and government and voting rights and the reasons why people do or do not vote.

Forty six schools were shortlisted in the competition in November and were then given two weeks to make a five minute film debating one of the topics they suggested on their application. They were then whittled down to 15.

The Schools Question Time Challenge is supported by UK Parliament's Education Service, the Institute for Citizenship and the BBC.



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