Politics - Air your views

30th October 2009 at 00:00

Following the challenge which faced the BBC last week over its handling of the appearance by British National Party leader Nick Griffin on Question Time, it now faces a very different "challenge" - the Schools Question Time Challenge 2010, which is under starter's orders.

This gives students aged 14 to 18 the opportunity to stage their own Question Time-style debates around the UK, with those who put on the best shows given the opportunity to work alongside presenter David Dimbleby (below) and the Question Time production team to make a special edition of the programme next summer.

The aim is to help schools nationwide by supporting the citizenship curriculum, improve students' public speaking and listening skills, and engage young people in society and politics.

www.schoolsquestiontime.org.

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