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BEO Post 7

Dear all,


This is out last Forum Post. Before you read the Q&A below I would like to re-visit some of the key changes to participation for this year, and this year only.


For 2022, we have made the following changes to give as many students / and school from 2020 a chance to come back to BEO, as for some it might their last one. The changes made are as follows:

  • Participating students can be up to 18 years of age
  • Teams of various sized can entre as one (there will be very small teams and there will be large teams)
  • The overall participation rule (each student must participate in a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 events) & the related penalty has been removed; however, for judging purposes as well as safeguarding reasons the prescribed minimum and maximum participants foreach event must be respected
  • The Academic Event Manager will monitor balanced participation and if they suspect that a team overlies on one or more exceptionally strong students they will be able to issue a penalty as this is a team event and we intend to foster a team spirit among all participants


If you have any additional questions between now and the BEO 2022, please do not hesitate to send them to us but from now on, we will respond briefly and on an individual basis only.


Safe travels & we look forward to seeing you very soon.




Question: Will students need to wear masks (due to the pandemic) during their presentations?

Answer: We will follow the UK Government’s guidelines in regard to all COVID19 measures. At the moment, masks are not required.


Question: The “international night” what is it about?

Answer: The international night is a non-competition event and an opportunity to represent your country / region and introduce it to the other team. You will have a table that will function as a little stand; students decorate it with traditional items, some bring sweets, some prepare a little performance but ultimately the format is open.


Question: Does the “disco night” it have a theme?

Answer: Not that I am aware of.


Question: Are the students going to sleep together or with another kids?

Answer: Normally they sleep in 2 – 4 bed bedroom with other students from their team/ school and of the same gender.


Question: Where is the data projector located on stage? Will it be behind the students or off to one side. This is so we can practice positioning.

Answer: It is typically hung from the ceiling.


Question: Can I share the forum link with my students or is it strictly for coaches?

Answer: The intended audience is group leaders, not students.


Question: Will adapters be provided in the bedrooms for charging or should we bring our own?

Answer: NO, you will need to bring your own adapters.


Question: What will we be provided with in the dormitories? This is so we can pack accordingly.

Answer: Standard bedroom furniture and all beddings will be provided. You should also receive a centre guidebook with further details.


Question: Will we need to take the students’ passports and ID´s to outings or can we leave these documents in the dorms?

Answer: If you do not wish to have important documents on you, you will be able to lock these in the Centre Manager’s safe.




Question: Can students project slides during their Country Spotlight presentation?

Answer: Yes, they can.


Question: What attire is required for the investigation challenge?

Answer: Please refer to the written guidelines, page 20.




Question: Can they project slides during their drama festival presentation? / Are we able to have a few slides on a screen as well? If so, will there be a screen in the theatre?

Answer: No, projectors will not be available during the drama event.


Question: For the acapella and drama challenge, what type and how many microphones will be provided?

Answer: There will be 3 hand-held microphones




Question: If in the debate cycle each role speaks for 10 minutes, then this cycle lasts 60 minutes total? Because it is my understanding from looking at the guidelines that each competition group will have 6 teams/schools competing.

Answer: Not necessarily, this depends on the number of teams in the competition group. This can vary from 8 – 12. 10 minutes are devoted to each role, which can be shared by maximum of 2 teams.


Question: What is the order that is going to be used — which role and stance go first, second, etc.? If there isn’t an official order, could you just use random examples to illustrate?

Answer: The order is typically random but it is managed by the debate chair (the Academic Event Manager) who moderates the whole event and ensures all roles have been discussed.


Question: In stage 3, the debaters/speakers need to talk for how many minutes and how does it work for the Q&A with the other teams? I did read all the posts in the forum, including post 3 where there is a question about time, but I still need clarification on this. For instance: if this stage is when students get to ask questions and challenge others’ points of view, when do they get to answer the questions that people will ask them after they have already spoken? Could you give a concrete example of the debate flow? Something like — In stage 3, role 1 pro ban speaks for ___ minutes, challenging the opposing teams’ opinions and asking questions; then, role 1 against speaks for ___minutes answering questions, etc.

Answer: The team / teams representing a given roles will be asked to open the 10 minute cycle with what they believe is the most important point to raise from their perspective; all other teams (apart from the summarising team) can respond / comment / challenge the point as they see fit and so can the role representatives. To do so they must raise their hand and the debate chair will invite them to speak or put them on their list as their contributors. There is not a prescribed time limit for the contributions but the debate chair will monitor and encourage them to keep their responses short and to the point to ensure that no one dominates the debate with potentially irrelevant and rehearsed speeches. The idea here is that students ACTIVELY listen to each other and respond to what’s being said. The chair will manage and try to ensure equal participation of those who raise their hand and are put on the speakers’ list; however, it is the students’ responsibility to raise their hand and get actively involved; if the do no do so and just sit back quietly, the chair will not call upon them.



Question: How long is the debate challenge in total of minutes?

Answer: All stages including breaks can take up to 3 hours depending on the number of participating teams.


Question: In case that students “share” the 10 minutes for each stance, how is the time managed? Do students raise hands if they want to speak? Are there penalties for speaking too much or not enough?

Answer: Please see above.


Question: In the guidelines, on page 24, under Stage 3, one reads: “Each representative of a role offers their opening statement justifying their stance”. Is this opening statement the one from stage 1? Or teams need to present a new opening statement plus the responses to other teams? In case there needs to be another (different) opening statement for stage 3, how long should it be?

Answer: The opening statement is likely to be heavily informed by he Stage 1 presentation of the role’s viewpoint but it also should be at least partly informed by the presentation from other teams. And it should be relatively short.


Question: In stage 3, when addressing opposing teams, our school can be in a dialogue with any other role, correct? That is, we don’t need to just speak to the same-role-opposing-stance of ours, right? We can address anybody who has a different stance than ours, can’t we?

Answer: Yes, correct but via the debate chair. Also, if two team share a role and stance they can also co-operate and lean on each other’s points.


Question: When teams are asked to summarize, what exactly do they need to summarize — do they need to summarize someone else’s opening statement or the whole flow of debate until then?

Answer: The key points that have been made during the time they are responsible for the summary.


Question: How does the secret vote (stage 5) work? Students are given a paper to write on? Where do they place their vote?

Answer: Yes, they will write it on a piece of paper and the debate chair will manage the whole thing.


Question: In stage 3, do students need to start their participation with “We will now begin our presentation” and end with “Thank you for your attention” every time they speak?

Answer: No, they only need to do this during their presentations during Stage 1


Question: What are the logistics for schools who make to the grand final and receive a new role & stance to represent? It says on the guidelines that the new role will be announced on the day of the final. Will students be able to access their laptops while they prepare for the new role? Are teachers/coaches allowed to help them prepare during the day before the grand final event? Are debaters going to be placed in a specific room to prepare or will they be free to walk around campus, that is, to meet with other teammates to prepare?

Answer: The grand finalists are typically announced in the early evening of the day before the grand final. They have the evening to prepare for the mystery event; the whole team can plan it, but in such a way that the students participating in the debate will not be needed.

On the day of the Grand Final, the debate role and stance is assigned to each team first thing in the morning followed by the mystery event in the am hours. While the teams are performing, the debaters are preparing. They will not be allowed electronic devices, but they will be given pen and paper. They will be supervised by a member of BEO / OIEG and group leaders will not be allowed access.  Students will be asked to leave their notes with BEO / OIEG member of staff over lunch and the debate will take place in the afternoon.