Students make to final of Question Time contest

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ST NINIAN’S High School has made it to the final of the BBC’s Schools Question Time competition.

The Douglas school is one of 15 across the British Isles that are planning their own versions of BBC1’s Thursday night political debate, complete with chairman, studio guests and live audience.

If it is one of four winners that will be announced this spring and for the successful school, two students will work behind the scenes on the real programme in July.

Politics teacher Liam Core said: ‘One of the main problems with politics today is people feel excluded.

‘We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to try to get people more people actively involved in public affairs.’

He said: ‘I am very proud of the students for the hard work they have put into the project so far. Having seen what they have produced so far I have no doubt that the final event will be an overall success and will spark debate across the island.’

A total of 23 students in years 11, 12 and 13 (ages 15 to 18) will produce their own, full-length version of the TV programme.

The event takes place at Douglas Youth Arts Centre, in Kensington Road on March 31. Doors open at 6.30pm. To apply for tickets go to

Judges from the BBC will attend.

Daniel Quinn, 18, said: ‘Planning the March 31 event has allowed students of different ages and with different skills to come together and work well as a team.

‘The experience gained from this event will benefit us all. It will provide an excellent opportunity for us to see a wide range of opinions regarding a mixture of local and international matters.’

They were selected as one of 45 regional finalists from a written entry, which detailed how they would make a Question Time programme and included suggestions on how to improve the format.

They then staged a mini Question Time debate, which was filmed.

A-level politics students Daniel Quinn, Caitlin Shimmin, and Chris Cave, all 18, and Serena Luff, 17, debated the relationship between the UK and the Isle of Man.

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