The Great Debate

Could your school debate their way to the top?

Since 2015, the RSPCA has held the event - Animal Welfare: The Great Debate with KS3 students from schools across England and Wales. We're currently planning next year's programme, which will be digitally based due to Covid-19. 


Whose Responsibility is Animal Welfare?

11 to 14 year old students from schools across the country will debate special subjects, on the issues of animal welfare, which will be given to each participating school for them to research & prepare their debates in advance. Those schools who advance to the final will then debate the question 'Whose Responsibility is Animal Welfare?'; weighing up the various responsibilities of the different agencies involved - namely the governments in England and Wales, Local Government, RSPCA, vets, the police & the public.

The Great Debate is a unique opportunity for pupils to develop their debating skills alongside learning about animal welfare topics as they compete against other schools to be awarded the winning place.

Interested in taking part in this free event next year? Register your interest now!



"What a fantastic day for our pupils - they and the school, who followed the debate on Twitter, are still buzzing."

"The trickle down effect will have manifold consequences in terms of confidence, literacy and self perception for our students who thoroughly enjoyed the preparation and the debate experience."

"This really is formative stuff and as a school we are so grateful to the RSPCA for giving our students the chance to participate."

"My favourite part of the day, as a teacher, was seeing all of the hard work the students had put into it come to life. It was also a wonderful atmosphere with all schools supporting each other."

You can also use our subject briefings to hold an event in your own school. Download them here: