Schools Question Time Challenge

Students aged 14 to 18 have the chance to win a place working alongside David Dimbleby and the BBC to produce a special youth edition of Question Time.

SQT 2011

Applications for the Schools Question Time challenge 2011 have now closed.

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Free citizenship resources
Schools Question Time has produced resources to support the citizenship curriculum, including toolkits on Politics and Parliament and Communication Skills. You’ll also find resources on how to run a Question Time-style event at your school.

About Schools Question Time
The aim of Schools Question Time is to help schools improve students' speaking and listening skills and to engage young people in society and politics.

Schools Question Time is supported by the Institute for Citizenship, the BBC and Parliament’s Education Service.


SQT 2010

Every secondary school in the UK is eligible to take part in the SQT challenge 2010 or make use of a set of free teaching resources designed to support the citizenship curriculum.

About the 2010 challenge
The challenge has four phases:
  • Phase one
    Schools are invited to submit written applications outlining their ambitions for a Question Time-style event in their school. Deadline: now passed
  • Phase two
    Regional finalists from phase one are invited to film a school debate for submission. Deadline: now passed
  • Phase three
    Regional winners have the chance to organise and put on a Question Time event at their school, with the support of professional workshops and advice.
  • Phase four
    Four national winners are awarded and two students from each winning school will help produce a special schools edition of Question Time to go out on BBC One in July 2010.

Visit the official SQT website for full details on how to enter.

2010 winners!
Winning schools 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.

  • Whitby CC, North Yorkshire
  • Saint Cecilia's Wandsworth
  • Crosskeys College, Caerphilly
  • Beal HS, Ilford, Essex

Read more about the competition on the BBC: Schools Question Time winners announced

Regional finalists
Regional finalists were selected on the strength of their applications to put on a Question Time event in their school.

  • Cator Park, Bromley, Kent
  • Exeter College, Exeter
  • St Mary's, Magherafelt, Derry
  • Southlands HS, Chorley, Lancaster
  • SRC Bede Sixth Form, Billingham
  • Crosskeys College, Caerphilly
  • Taunton School, Somerset
  • Beal HS, Ilford, Essex
  • Whitby CC, North Yorkshire
  • Testwood Sports College, Hampshire
  • South Holderness Tech College, Hull
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill, Birmingham
  • Worksop College, Nottingham
  • Saint Cecilia's Wandsworth
  • The Royal High School, Edinburgh


SQT 2009

Schools were invited to apply to the Schools Question Time Challenge for an opportunity to run their own Question Time-style event.

About the challenge
Winning applications were selected in January 2009 and each regional winner received a full day workshop on political literacy and communication skills from Parliament's Education Service, as well as an award to the value of £250 from the Institute for Citizenship to run a Schools Question Time event.

Regional finalists
Regional finalists were selected on the strength of their applications to put on a Question Time event in their school.
  • Bourne Grammar School
  • Bristol Grammar School
  • Gwernyfed High School
  • Ilford Ursuline High School
  • John Hampden Grammar School
  • Kingsmeadow Community School
  • Pates Grammar School
  • SRC Bede Sixth Form Billingham
  • Tiffin Girls School
  • Wolverhampton Girls' High School 

Winning schools!
Schools Question Time judges were most impressed with the Question Time events organised by:

  • Pates Grammar School
  • Bristol Grammar School
  • Tiffin Girls School
  • SRC Bede Sixth Form Billingham

Each of the four winning schools nominated two pupils each to assist the BBC’s production team in making a special youth edition of the programme that went out on BBC One on 9 July 2009.

Question Time: student edition 2009

BBC: Schools Question Time10 July -- Student Suzanne Burlton was the audience favourite and won high praise from her fellow panellists on BBC 1's Question Time.


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