UK Schools’ Debating Calendar 

We’ve put together a calendar listing as many of the debating competitions for schools as we can find; we also list other oracy opportunities which might be of interest.

We also have a mailing list which goes out once month, and will send all the dates of upcoming competitions straight to your inbox. Sign up to the UK Schools’ Debating Mailing list.

Have we missed out your event? Email us. 

To make the calendar easier to navigate, click on the type of event in the key you wish to see and only those events will appear.

N.B. Remember to look at future months, as we also have events listed for later this year/early 2019.

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September 2019

Registration for the ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition

September 2 - December 16

National competition for students in years 7 - 9. Regional rounds leading to a national final. Registration closes on December 16th. Subsidies and fee waivers available Find out more: https://www.esu.org/competitions/performing-shakespeare/

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Registration for Up For Debate

September 2 - December 20

A debating programme and national competition for PiXL Schools. Competition for years 7 -9. Resources-only package for £50 Resources, teacher training, and competition entry for £200 Run by Noisy Classroom and The PiXL Club. To find out more go to www.upfordebate.co.uk or email debating@pixl.org.uk

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Registration for Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition

September 2 - November 10

International competition with regional rounds and then a finals day held at The Oxford Union. Schools can enter up to 4 teams, each consisting of two pupils. Bursaries and fee waivers available. Find out more: https://www.oxfordschools.net

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Registration for The ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Programme

September 9 - October 31

National competition for students in years 9 - 11. Regional rounds leading to a national final. Registration closes on October 31st. Schools can enter one or two teams, each consisting of 3 pupils. Subsidies and fee waivers available Find out more: https://www.esu.org/competitions/psc/

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October 2019

Registration for LSE Schools

October 10 - November 30

Registration for LSE Schools Debating Competition. BP format competition on November 30th, at the London School of Economics. £45 per team, all day competition. Contact: lsedebate@gmail.com  

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November 2019

LSE Schools Debating Competition

November 30

Registration opens on 10th October. All day competition, from 8.45am to 8.15pm. £45 per team. Venue: LSE NAB building and 32 Lincolns Inn (building near LSE NAB) Contact: lsedebate@gmail.com  

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December 2019

Registration for Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition

December 30

National competition, with regional rounds. Finals day held at The Cambridge Union on March 7th 2020. Schools may enter up to 4 teams, each consisting of two pupils. Bursaries and subsidies available on request. More information: https://cambridgedebating.com/cambridge-schools/ Register here:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=f3axig_HP0uoPgRTIZE-X9sYvgJ4nkJFusG7-XK2-fZUNDYxRjdSUUo3UDZNWUdZRjhEVFFGNVJKSy4u  

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March 2020

Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition Finals Day

7th March 2020

Finals day held at The Cambridge Union on March 7th 2020. Teams must progress through regional rounds in order to qualify for finals day. Schools may enter up to 4 teams, each consisting of two pupils. Bursaries and subsidies available on request. More information: https://cambridgedebating.com/cambridge-schools/ Register here:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=f3axig_HP0uoPgRTIZE-X9sYvgJ4nkJFusG7-XK2-fZUNDYxRjdSUUo3UDZNWUdZRjhEVFFGNVJKSy4u

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