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£149 + VAT & Booking Fee
TUESDAY JULY 28 – FRIDAY JULY 31 (10am – 12pm BST each day)
TUESDAY AUGUST 4 – FRIDAY AUGUST 7 (10am – 12pm BST each day)
Please note that this course is for children in school years 5-13 only.
Debate Mate is a global education organisation that empowers young people with key 21st-century skills through debating. Intelligence Squared hosts debates and other discussions with the world’s leading speakers. Following the success of our online half-term debating course, we are excited to announce details of our virtual summer debating camp for young people of all debating backgrounds and abilities.
Facilitated by expert communicators and world-champion debaters from Debate Mate, this programme comprises 4 x 2 hour live-streamed, interactive workshops for students to take part in from home. Following 3 high-energy debating masterclasses, the programme will culminate in an exciting and competitive debating tournament. In small groups matching their age and debating experience, students will receive expert training on how to craft logical and persuasive arguments, employ stylistic techniques for maximum impact and respond to challenging counter arguments.
Students new to the programme will be supported to develop their debating skills and confidence in an accessible yet challenging environment, while those with experience will grapple with new, advanced concepts to further develop their skills and competence.
Developed by expert debaters and experienced teachers, Debate Mate’s virtual summer camp has been designed to:
Session one: Skilfully making an argument and using stylistic techniques for maximum impact
In this introductory session, students will learn the fundamentals of making effective arguments while developing their ability to think critically and creatively about a range of topical issues. They will then take part in a number of interactive exercises to develop their personal style, using tone, body language, and non-verbal communication for maximum impact.
Session two: Building a Persuasive Case
This workshop will explore the process of taking ‘an idea’ and turning it into ‘a case’. It will support participants in taking an instinctive reaction or an initial thought and building it into a robust and persuasive argument.
Session three: Constructively Challenging
Having developed a solid grounding in making their own persuasive arguments, this session will support participants to develop their active listening and quick-thinking skills to both challenge and respond to challenges from their opponents.
Session four: Debating Tournament
Following a briefing on the rules and format of the debate, and a guided preparation session led by their mentor, participants will go head to head to put their debating skills to the test in an exciting and competitive debating tournament. Participants will receive personalised feedback on their performance in the debate, including key strengths and areas for development.
Following completion of the 4-day programme, participants will be invited to progress to up to two additional advanced courses to further develop their knowledge and skills. The first block of workshops will take place from Tuesday 21st July – Friday 24th July, with a further 8 sessions available from Tuesday-Friday W/C July 29 and August 3.
As an educational organisation, the safety and wellbeing of young people continues to be Debate Mate’s top priority. You can view their Safeguarding Policy here and their online Safeguarding Protocols here. In order to protect your child, Debate Mate has consulted with an online safety specialist to put in place a number of enhanced online safeguarding and security measures, which include: