Debating Matters has grown and thrived over the past twelve years due to the commitment and enthusiasm of the companies, organisations and projects with whom we have worked in partnership. There are many ways to get involved in Debating Matters, not just as an individual judging debates.

We work with venue partners who are interested in hosting Debating Matters events, filling their venue with argumentative teenagers getting to grips with many of the most controversial topics around today. We currently collaborate with twenty three venue partners and are always looking for more.

Judging partnerships are a great way for organisations to engage staff in an intellectually stimulating activity where they will encounter the thoughts and opinions of young adults. Not only a great CPD opportunity, judging partners are embedded in the local community through their engagement with the participating schools, networking with other judges, teachers and pupils.

Debating Matters is always looking for more sponsorship, particularly from organisations interested in sponsoring one of the twelve UK regions in which we work. Sponsorship doesn’t have to be giving us money however. At later stages of the competition we reward the pupils efforts with prizes for the best individuals at an event. Donating a prize; books, theatre and festival tickets, vouchers, tours, trips or even an internship can deliver brand recognition and possibilities for further engagement.

Is there a debate that you are particularly interested in starting? Would you like to hear the thoughts and opinions of some of the brightest 16-19 year olds in the country on a particular topic? Commissioning a Debating Matters Topic Guide could be for you. Each Topic Guide is available to download for free from the Debating Matters website, the National STEM Centre, TES Teaching Resources and individual guides are promoted by many varied organisations throughout the world.

If you are interested in one of the opportunities above or would like to propose a completely different type of partnership Adam Rawcliffe would like to hear from you.


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