Students from across London and the South East to attend First World War debate at Graveny School, London

27 October 2017 | Liz Robertson

Graveney School in Tooting is to play host to hundreds of students aged 15 to 18 from across London and the South East, invited to take part in the second of a series of First World War debates being held across the UK in 2017/18.

The Great War Debate, Bramhall High School, for GCSE and A level students from across the UK to support the government’s WW1 centenary commemorations. A panel of four academics/ historians alongside Mark Urban, Newsnight’s diplomatic and defense editor, spoke to the teenage audience about the Great War. October 12 2017.

The debates, which are free to all state schools and being run by the Department for Education for a second year, are designed to increase young people’s understanding of the impact of the First World War and its lasting legacy on society today.

What: A Newsnight style debate on the lasting legacy of the First World War as a vehicle for social change.  The debate will be chaired by BBC Newsnight’s Mark Urban, who will be joined on the panel by:

  • Charlotte Czyzyk – Lives of the First World War, Public Engagement and Project Manager, Imperial War Museums & independent battlefield guide
  • Professor John Horne – Professor of History and Director of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin
  • Professor Alison Fell – Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Leeds
  • Dr Naomi Paxton – Researcher, Writer & Performer and regular contributor to BBC Radio Four’s Making History and Woman’s Hour


When: Wednesday 1 November from 3.45 – 6.00pm (all media need to register by 3.30pm)

Where: Graveney School, Welham Road, London SW17 9BU

Opportunity: For schools, the chance to attend the debate.

For media, the chance to film the debate, interview panellists, teachers and students

All media need to register for a place at the event by Monday 30th October.

For further press information, to book a space or to arrange an interview please contact:

Nina Otero                 07860 799 838

Jenny Anderson        0203 735 8449