As the world’s leading platform for live debate, Intelligence Squared are keen to promote debate and public speaking skills amongst the next generation. For the fifth year running we are joining forces with the social business Debate Mate, an organisation which has had extraordinary results training school students to develop confidence through debating.
The art of debate involves mastering essential skills: the confidence to speak in public and make sense; the construction of a logical argument and the ability to read an audience’s reactions. Perhaps most importantly, the willingness to hear others’ arguments and to respond to them.
During the school holidays we run two and three day debating workshops for students in Year 5 to Year 11 to learn these skills.
In small groups, students will craft their arguments, practise public speaking and take part in interactive lectures which expand their knowledge of topics such as human rights, criminal law, and the big political issues of the day. Once the training and practice debates are complete, students will receive in-depth feedback from the Debate Mate mentors. On the final day, students can apply what they have learnt when they battle it out in a grand debate finale.
This workshop will help students improve their skills in analysis and critical thinking and give them the ability to communicate effectively and the confidence to speak up. They will make new friends and learn from some of the world’s top university debate mentors. Most importantly, they will have fun!
Please note: we can only accept students from years 5 to 11
Junior Stream: Confidence, expressing yourself, public speaking, current affairs
Debating is a great way to gain confidence, develop key skills and enhance awareness of the world around us. Using energetic and interactive games, our highly-motivated mentors introduce students to debating. We use debating as a vehicle to develop all of these attributes, while engaging with topics ranging from the morality of artificial intelligence to whether politicians are paid too little.
Advanced Stream: Thinking critically, case-building, analysis, help with GCSEs
Irrespective of prior experience, learning to debate is a sure-fire way to enhance key skills, deepen knowledge of current affairs, gain new perspectives and improve academic attainment. It is in this stream where students can really put their competitive debating into practice – a proven and powerful way to stand out in every area of life.
Profits from the ‘Debate Like a World Champion’ are reinvested into Debate Mate’s charitable endeavours.
For more information about Debate Mate and what they do, visit the Debate Mate website or please watch this video.
Debate Mate Ltd. is a registered UK charity no. 1121222
The Debate Mate mentors were really fun, they helped me make friends with people from other schools and speak out during the different games. I was really nervous before hand but the mentors made it seem ok to take part. I’ve made loads of new friends through the workshops- I definitely want to come back again next time!
— Harry, age 10
I had such a great time! It was really great and I know I will be able to use what I learnt when I get back to school. Listening to the mentors and getting constructive feedback means I know exactly what I need to do to get better. I can’t wait to do it all again.
— Annabel, age 14
I am the parent of Emily and William and I just wanted to say thank you for running such a fantastic workshop. Both were really hesitant but couldn’t wait to go back for the second day. The quality of their arguments has improved which has had a positive impact on academic performance. We’re very glad we chose to send them!
As a parent, I was really pleased to see my sons’ progress. He was more articulate, argumentative and more willing to speak up around adults.
Just to let you know Edward and George enjoyed the day enormously. George who I was a bit concerned about said it was the best day of the holidays!! Looking forward to hearing about future courses!
Thanks so much for running a fabulous course – Isabella absolutely loved it – it really has given her a burst of confidence – she will definitely be keen to join the next course.
I am the parent of Cameron and Alex. They both really enjoyed the debating course and appear to have got a lot out of it judging by the quality of their daily arguments! In fact Cameron is teaching younger children debating skills as part of his community service. I know that what he learnt with you will be invaluable. Thanks again for an inspiring few days.
On the morning of the 19th February, there will be a special address by Sir Anthony Seldon, who will relate his inspiring life story.