School Case Studies

Debating Matters attracts a wide range of schools from across the UK - those with debating experience, and those without. Each school has their own unique way of realising the importance of debate within their institution.

Here we offer a selection of stories from Debating Matters schools from across the education sector, each happy to share their unique experiences and success with those interested in encouraging more debate in their own school.

Glasgow Friendlies

An alumni led initiative to encourage Glasgow schools debating

Kent Debate League

An inspiring set of inaugural autumn fixtures for local Kent schools!

A Day of Debating!

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury

A place for open debate and new ideas

Graveney School, Tooting, London

Students arguing about things that matter

Loreto College, Hulme, Manchester

Intra-school debating involves everyone

Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

From no debating to National Final winners in a single year!

Hutton Church of England Grammar School, Preston, Lancashire

Involve other members of the school in your debates

Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, Leicestershire

Involving junior students in debate

Notre Dame High School, Glasgow

Debating has become a cool thing!

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham, Kent

Debate as an extra-curricular elective class

Whickham School & Sports College, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear


We want to hear about debate in your school. If you have a story to tell us about how debate takes place in your school, and how you make it happen, let us know. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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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