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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November 2018

Wales World Schools Debating Team Trials

3rd November 2018 - 4th November 2018

Trials weekend for the students who are successful in applying to trial for Team Wales. Find out more.

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Glasgow University Union Schools Debating Competition

5th November 2018

One day competition. British Parlimentary Format Open to current school students £25 -30 per team Registration forms are sent out to all schools on the GUU's mailing list on 1st October. To be added to this list, email

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Lancaster Schools Debating Competition

17th November 2018
Lancaster University

One day debating competition, open to UK schools (Saturday November 17th). British Parliamentary Format. 4 rounds of debates and a final. £30 per team

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St Andrews Schools Debating Competition

17th November 2018
St Andrews University

One day debating competition, open to UK schools (Saturday November 17th). British Parliamentary Format. 4 rounds of debates and a final . £20 per team, waivers available Contact Toni Valencia and Viren Beruwalage -

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Warwick Schools Debating Competition

24th November 2018

One day competition on November 24th. Registration closes on November 10th. £40 per team, subsidies available. Open to all secondary school students, regardless of age. The arrivals on the day will be from 8:30 - 9:30am, and the final will end at 7:30pm. Organised by the Warwick University Debating Society Location: University of Warwick Central Campus To register: Contact Georgie Friend and Valerie Lim Xuan at

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Harry Potter Schools Debating Competition

25th November 2018

 Sunday 25th November 2018 Pre-registration is currently open BP Debating, 4 Rounds and a break to finals All debating topics will be set in and about the magical Harry Potter universe. To be held at Kingsbury High School, Bacon Lane, NW9 9AT Contact: Haider Nazerali, £20 a team, covers the comp and dinner for all participants and attendees.

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December 2018

London School of Economics Schools Debating Competition

1st December 2018
London School of Economics

One day debating competition open to UK schools (Saturday December 1st) British Parliamentary Format. 4 rounds of debates and a final. Invites containing a registration form will be sent out to schools in October. To confirm your school receives their invite, please email and state the address you wish to be contacted with. Alternative contact Ciara Mitchell -

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Registration for Ljutomer High School Debate Tournament, Slovenia – 6th to 10th March 2019

1st December 2018 - 15th January 2019

This is a 5 day international debating competition which is open to schools across the world. Accommodation and food can be provided and prices start from 100 euros. The tournament is in the World Schools format is open to high school students. To find out more about the tournament email Bojana Skrt -

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Registration for Bristol University Schools Debating Competition – January 26th

1st December 2018 - 19th January 2019

Date: 26 January 2019 Format: British Parliamentary style, with 5 minute speeches Price: 35 pounds, with discounts for state schools Location: Wills Memorial Building, Bristol (BS8 1RJ) Rough schedule: 9:15 - 9:45 Registration 9:45 - 10:15 Welcome and announcements 10:15 - 12:00 Round 1 12:00 - 13:45 Round 2 13:45 - 14:30 Lunch 14:30 - 16:15 Round 3 16:15 - 17:45 Round 4 17:45 - 18:15 Dinner and break 18:15 - 20:00 Final and awards Website: How to register:…

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January 2019

LSE Juniors

January 12

British Parliamentary format. Exclusively for students in Years 10 and below. - Registration is £30 per team. - Lunch will be provided for all participants and teachers. - As a development opportunity we are allowing older school students to attend as judges. You can indicate that you would like to send judges on the registration form. - Full and partial reg fee waivers are available. Your school may be eligible if it is a state school, outside of London or…

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