Debating matters because ideas matter. This is the premise of the Academy of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, which emphasises substance over style, and the importance of taking ideas seriously. Debating Matters challenges 16‐19 year olds to go beyond the media headlines and delve deeper into some of the big issues confronting society. It’s about giving young people a tough intellectual challenge and getting them to examine and weigh up competing perspectives and evidence for themselves. If your organisation shares our outlook and aims, we want to hear form you.
The Debating Matters Competition is currently split into twelve regions across the UK. Our regions for the 2016/17 competition are listed below, and we detail which counties, areas or councils they include.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Suffolk and southern Lincolnshire
Camden, Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, and the City of London
Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Havering, Hillgdon, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest
Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth
Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
NORTH WEST & NORTH WALES
Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales
SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND
All of Scotland & Northern Ireland
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire
Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, West Sussex
WEST & SOUTH WALES
Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, South Wales
East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire
If you are interested in supporting Debating Matters, contact our partnerships manager, Adam Rawcliffe.