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Online Student Workshop: Debate Like a World Champion (Three-Day Course)


£120 + VAT & Booking Fee

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Please note: This workshop is geared towards children in years 5-11

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. With the vast majority of schools in the UK now closed, both organisations believe it is more important than ever to provide young people with the opportunity to connect with one another, engage with important issues and continue to learn and develop new skills.

As part of their commitment to young people across the country, Debate Mate and Intelligence Squared are pleased to be able to offer an innovative online debating programme for students of all debating backgrounds and abilities. Facilitated by expert communicators and world-champion debaters from Debate Mate, this programme comprises 3 X 90-minute live-streamed, interactive workshops for students to take part in from home during May half-term.

In small groups matching their age and debating experience, students will learn how to craft logical arguments, win over an audience, and the all-important skills of listening and responding to the case made by others. Following a series of high-energy ice-breakers and interactive debating activities, the programme will end with an exciting and competitive debate challenge.

Programme Outcomes and Overview

Developed by expert debaters and experienced teachers, Debate Mate’s virtual programmes have been designed to:

  • Develop communication and future skills including critical and creative thinking, teamwork, leadership, resilience, empathy and, above all, core confidence
  • Engage students in topical issues beyond the classroom, addressing issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world
  • Celebrate the students’ achievements through competitive debating
  • Alleviate the increased anxiety and social isolation faced by young people as a result of COVID-19

Session one: Exploring fun ways to skilfully make an argument and the power of strong speaker style

Session two: The importance of structure in developing a clear argument, challenging and responding to the arguments of others

Session three: The format of a debate and Debate Challenge

Online Safety

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 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:

  • A password protected link to the session which is only accessible to invited students, shared with them by their parent/guardian.
  • Debate Mate staff and mentors will never contact your child directly.
  • At the beginning of each session, participating students are placed into a virtual waiting room and will have their names check against the session register before being granted access by the facilitator
  • The session facilitator will take a register of all participants before the session commences.
  • There will be 2 DBS checked adults present in all virtual sessions.
  • Features such as participant screen sharing and the private chat feature are disabled to prevent private messaging hijacking and cyber-bullying
  • Expectations and ground rules around appropriate use of Zoom will be established in the first session, and reinforced throughout the programme.
  • Parents/guardians are welcome to be present for the beginning and end of each session, and can report any safeguarding concerns to safeguarding@debatemate.com.
  • For the purpose of safeguarding all participants, Debate Mate will securely store a recording of the audio of each session. Debate Mate never takes video recordings or photographs during virtual sessions. Audio recordings are deleted four weeks after the end of the programme.
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Online Student Workshop: Debate Like a World Champion (Three-Day Course)

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