Though the primary focus of Debating Matters is the running of our annual UK competition, we work with others on related projects of mutual interest.

In addition to our annual schools debating competition, Debating Matters works with a wide range of partners to produce one-off debate projects, both in the UK and abroad.

We have staged Debating Matters in India, Israel and Germany to date. We have worked with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service on issues relating to reproductive health and with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, looking at the role of engineering in society today.

2017 also sees the return of Debating Matters Beyond Bars, in partnership with global security company G4S, which takes the Debating Matters format into prison.

If you’d like to work in partnership with Debating Matters, contact director of the Academy of Ideas Claire Fox.


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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