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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March 2019

Craigmount Debating Competition Registration – 24th May Competition

March 25 - May 17

Hosted by Craigmount School, Edinburgh Free to enter 3 rounds of British Parliamentary-format debating, breaking to a final Open to students in S1-S3 To register email Andrew.McPake@craigmount.edin.sch.uk

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April 2019

European Youth Debating Championships – London Round Registration

April 22 - May 24

This is a free debating competition hosted by Kings' College London. This is a great opportunity for students to take part in the ongoing debate about the role of plastics in the future. The competition is free to enter, students must be 16 - 19 years old, and we can cover most travel expenses. Please see the attached flyer for further details. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so if your students would like…

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May 2019

Craigmount School Debating Competition, Edinburgh

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Hosted by Craigmount School Registration opens 24th March 3 rounds of British Parliamentary, breaking to a final Free Open to Scottish schools, and for students in S1-S3 Timings TBC Andrew.McPake@craigmount.edin.sch.uk

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June 2019

European Youth Debating Championships – London Round

June 17

This is a free debating competition hosted by Kings' College London. This is a great opportunity for students to take part in the ongoing debate about the role of plastics in the future. The competition is free to enter, students must be 16 - 19 years old, and we can cover most travel expenses. Please see the attached flyer for further details. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so if your students would like…

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PiXL KS5 Economics and Geography Debating Day

June 19

This is a debating day hosted by The New College of Humanities in London for sixth form students. The day will include a university-style lecture , a seminar discussion and several focussed debates. This competition is only open to PiXL6 members. To register, please email debating@pixl.org.uk

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World Schools Debate Academy, Slovenia

June 23 - July 1

This is a week long debating training camp and competition. The format is World Schools, but there is the option for a British Parliamentary Track. Students get intense training, with lots of workshops and practice debates. Teachers can also take part in a track which looks at using debating in the classroom and starting a debating club at their school. To find out more email Bojana Skrt - bojana.skrt@gmail.com

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July 2019

London Primary Debate Challenge Final

July 1

This event is being kindly hosted by Linklaters. Borough champions will come together to battle it out and crown this year's London Primary Debate Challenge champion team.

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September 2019

Registration for the ESU Schools’ Mace

September 2 - October 1

National competition for students in years 7 - 13. Regional rounds leading to a national final. Registration closes on October 1st. Schools can enter one team of two pupils. Subsidies and fee waivers available Find out more: https://www.esu.org/competitions/schools-mace/

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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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