Students aged 6 to 16 will develop key 21st-century skills such as confidence, communication, and empathy. They will take part in a range of engaging and interactive activities, working alongside their peers from around the world and their university mentors. Our debate-led methodology puts students at the centre of their learning and equips them with the critical-thinking and leadership skills required to tackle big topics such as Law, Philosophy, and Shakespeare.
University of Chicago
MA Political Theory
”I have been involved with debating since I started as a Debate Mate student in 2013. I mentored at my first club with Debate Mate in 2015 and have been involved ever since. My own notable debating achievements include being a Top 18 World Schools Debater in England, winning and finaling at multiple schools competitions including Durham Schools, UCL Schools, Birmingham schools, as well as winning, finaling at or being in the top 10 speakers of multiple university competitions including the Cambridge Women's Open, KCL Pro-Am, UCL President's Cup and the Queen Mary IV. I also was a judge at the World University Debating Championships in Cape Town in 2019.”
BPP University London
”Since the start of my journey at Debate Mate, I have excelled in my communication skills, strengthened my analytical skills and developed the ability to adapt to situations promptly. I currently teach four classes of debating across London and was recognised as one of the UK’s top mentors, resulting in me becoming an ambassador for Debate Mate’s Education UK Programme and am currently an alumni for the Common Purpose programme (focusing on leadership development across the world).”
My daughter absolutely loved her first session! It was right up her street and she came downstairs beaming afterwards!
This is such a fantastic idea and I can see both girls wanting to go through all the different levels that you offer.”
I had been hoping to involve my daughter in debating for some time so was delighted to come across your organisation. She is absolutely loving the programme and has a genuine buzz about her at the end of each session.”
My daughter did her first session last Wednesday and absolutely loved it. She is already looking forward to the next one and asked me if she could continue this course to the next level.
She loved the fact that it was a small group and was fun. She was articulate about the top 3 things she took away from the session.
A huge thank you and well done to all of you for a great start!”
What you're offering is absolutely superb. These skills are not taught in state schools as standard and I do feel it can leave students lagging behind their privately educated counterparts as they progress to higher and further education settings.
It also helps enormously with how to structure and strengthen arguments in essays.
The young people you have working for you are really enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We are incredibly impressed and have no doubt that both girls will continue all the way through every level.”