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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September 2018

PiXL Up for Debate Registration – Competition various dates, tbc

September 3 - December 30

National debating competition, with online resources, for PiXL schools.

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December 2018

Registration for Ljutomer High School Debate Tournament, Slovenia – 6th to 10th March 2019

1st December 2018 - 15th January 2019

This is a 5 day international debating competition which is open to schools across the world. Accommodation and food can be provided and prices start from 100 euros. The tournament is in the World Schools format is open to high school students. To find out more about the tournament email Bojana Skrt - bojana.skrt@gmail.com

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Registration for World Schools Debate Academy Slovenia – 23rd June to 1st July

1st December 2018 - 30th January 2019

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 - zainprotiakademija@gmail.com

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Registration for Bristol University Schools Debating Competition – January 26th

1st December 2018 - 19th January 2019

Date: 26 January 2019 Format: British Parliamentary style, with 5 minute speeches Price: 35 pounds, with discounts for state schools Location: Wills Memorial Building, Bristol (BS8 1RJ) Rough schedule: 9:15 - 9:45 Registration 9:45 - 10:15 Welcome and announcements 10:15 - 12:00 Round 1 12:00 - 13:45 Round 2 13:45 - 14:30 Lunch 14:30 - 16:15 Round 3 16:15 - 17:45 Round 4 17:45 - 18:15 Dinner and break 18:15 - 20:00 Final and awards Website: https://bristoldebating.wixsite.com/17-18/schools-competition?fbclid=IwAR0aMpdPk_Fw6QpluxOsB2O4x3Xbu2XMmYWI2JK3yZ8LIYT_lxZ7waZNMSo How to register:…

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Manchester Schools Debating Competition Registration – Competition on Feb 3rd

10th December 2018 - 28th January 2019

BP format £40 per team Registration and payment deadline - 28th January 2019 Register: https://goo.gl/forms/RdGAcN0ajVKzR1sK2 For logistical reasons concerning time constraints, we have to accept teams on a first come, first served basis. This means that if you register your teams using the form as soon as possible, then we can guarantee your place at the competition. Once 80 teams have registered, any schools which complete the form after this time will be placed on a reserves list. Note that this…

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January 2019

Bristol University Schools Debating Competition

26th January 2019

Date: 26 January 2019 Format: British Parliamentary style, with 5 minute speeches Price: 35 pounds, with discounts for state schools Location: Wills Memorial Building, Bristol (BS8 1RJ) Rough schedule: 9:15 - 9:45 Registration 9:45 - 10:15 Welcome and announcements 10:15 - 12:00 Round 1 12:00 - 13:45 Round 2 13:45 - 14:30 Lunch 14:30 - 16:15 Round 3 16:15 - 17:45 Round 4 17:45 - 18:15 Dinner and break 18:15 - 20:00 Final and awards Website: https://bristoldebating.wixsite.com/17-18/schools-competition?fbclid=IwAR0aMpdPk_Fw6QpluxOsB2O4x3Xbu2XMmYWI2JK3yZ8LIYT_lxZ7waZNMSo How to register:…

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February 2019

Kings College London Schools Debating Competition

2nd February 2019

One day debating competition, open to UK Schools (February 2nd) Registration opens September 5th. British Parliamentary Format. 4 rounds of debates, semi-finals and final. £35 per team, waivers available    

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Manchester Schools Debating Competition

3rd February 2019

BP format £40 per team Registration and payment deadline - 28th January 2019 Register: https://goo.gl/forms/RdGAcN0ajVKzR1sK2 For logistical reasons concerning time constraints, we have to accept teams on a first come, first served basis. This means that if you register your teams using the form as soon as possible, then we can guarantee your place at the competition. Once 80 teams have registered, any schools which complete the form after this time will be placed on a reserves list. Note that this…

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March 2019

Ljutomer High School Debate Tournament, Slovenia

6th March 2019 - 10th March 2019

This is a 5 day international debating competition which is open to schools across the world. Accommodation and food can be provided and prices start from 100 euros. The tournament is in the World Schools format is open to high school students. To find out more about the tournament email Bojana Skrt - bojana.skrt@gmail.com

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Craigmount Debating Competition Registration – 24th May Competition

25th March 2019 - 17th May 2019

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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