Students Feature on Radio 4 Debate

Last week, two of our A2 students were lucky enough to visit BBC Coventry and Warwickshire to participate in a debate for Radio 4.

After phone interviews with the BBC, Shante Mae Bailey was chosen to appear on a debate panel for the programme ‘Nine Truths’. Abubakar Mohamud was then selected to be an audience member and had the chance to present questions to the panel.

The format consisted of three mini debates; Identity, Authenticity and Morality, with each of the three panels expected to reach a consensus on three truths which summed up the views expressed during each debate.

The programme was a new departure for Radio 4, in terms of the debate format and the younger demographic, but was a great success with strong arguments made by everyone. Our students were the youngest at the event but both came across as well informed and professional.

Shante Mae, who is studying Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, reported:

     “I enjoyed the panel, it was fun and interesting to hear different opinions on each topic. It was quite nerve wracking being in front of an audience and knowing this was going on the radio! I am intrigued to debate more but for now I’m focusing on my studies – after college I’d like to study Psychology or Philosophy at university.”

Abubakar is currently studying Law, Maths and Psychology, and plans to read Politics & International Relations at university. He explained:

     “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience visiting the BBC! I regularly listen to Radio 4 so it was exciting looking at how programmes are recorded. The debate really allowed me to examine where my identity and morality stems from. The panelists and the audience were all different backgrounds and experiences, which exposed me to ideas and perspectives I’d not come across before. I enjoyed meeting new people and hearing their views. I hope to continue debating as I’m extremely passionate about global issues – I’m aiming to work for development agencies in the future.”

The talented students have also been working on Extended Project Qualifications alongside their A Levels. Abubakar explored the integration of Syrian migrants into German society, while Shante Mae is researching gender and how it should be defined. We’re so proud of Shante Mae and Abubakar and know they’ll both go on to have highly successful futures!

The debate will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 8pm on Wednesday 27th November. It will then be available to listen to for free on the BBC Sounds app and Radio 4 website.