Debating Matters UK 2011/12

Debating Matters offers a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. The competition has successfully pionered a format for debate that takes ideas, argument and young people seriously. The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny. 
The 2011/12 competition see us enter our eighth year as a national competition, and this year we’re delighted to be able to include schools from Cumbria in the competition for the first time. The competition is now over, the winners were Graveney School, Tooting. For more information about all stages, use the links below:

Qualifying Rounds

Regional Finals

National Final



Regional Sponsors 2011/12



To find out more about Debating Matters see our Taking Part section, or to talk to someone about the competition contact Justine Brian on 020 7269 9233.

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Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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