Debating animal research in the classroom

This page contains information for teachers and students who want to discuss the issues raised by the Big Animal Research Debate in schools and sixth form colleges.

Debate can be an excellent way to explore complicated social, political and ethical topics in classroom settings; this section of the website covers both important facts and concepts linked to the Big Animal Research Debate’s motion, and the practical process of organising a class debate. 

If you are interested in running a debate in your school then we encourage you to get in touch by filling in our schools contact form:

About the schools packs
The schools pack provides a complete set of rules and instructions for running a debate on the motion “This House would ban all forms of animal research” (or something similar) with a class of 15 to 35 students. It clearly describes the role that each speaker taking part in the debate must fulfil and the procedural rules that make sure the debate remains orderly and interesting. There is also a series of different ‘for and against animal research’ articles (of varying complexity), as well as links to further information, which students can use to support their argument.

Download the schools pack