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Please see below for a selection of recent news coverage about Debating Matters

14 Apr 2014: Scotland Tonight: Schools debate winners share their experiences

Kirsten Tingle and Conor Ewing from Douglas Academy and judge Mark Diffley on Scotland Tonight

12 Apr 2014: STV: Referendum Schools Debate

Individual winners announced

13 Mar 2014: Invicta Grammar School: Win London Inner Regional FInal

Tallow Chandlers Company Hall impresses Kent sixth formers

11 Mar 2014: Canterbury Times: Simon Langton Girls School through to regional stage

Pupils from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar talk their way through to the regional finals

04 Mar 2014: Magdalen College School: Regional final report

Oxford team receive praise from the judges

28 Feb 2014: Dillington Blog: Park House School, Newbury, win at Cumberland Lodge

Judge Wayne Bennett, Director of Dillington House, reports on the South Regional Final

13 Feb 2014: Simon Langton Girls Grammar: Making debate count locally

In forging positive links with other local schools, it is hoped that future partnership events will soon emerge

11 Feb 2014: UKED Magazine: Debating in Schools; Does it Matters?

DM teacher, Sharon Jones assesses debating in schools

06 Jan 2014: University of Derby: Sixth form students go head to head

Head to head at Derby University

20 Dec 2013: The Hindu: Students of Chennai school win debate at national level

Indian national daily covers the DM India winners

12 Dec 2013: University of Sheffield: DM Judging Partner

Tim Shephard judges national schools debating competition

06 Dec 2013: Alcester Grammar School: win through to Central Regional Final

Winning debates on Megacities and Sex Selection sees AGS through to Leicester University in April

06 Dec 2013: PSBB K K Nagar School: Debating Matters India National Champions

Arguing that India should not abolish capital punishment seals victory

06 Dec 2013: Howell’s School: success in Debating Matters Competition

Winners of Bristol Qualifying Round celebrate their success

28 Nov 2013: University of Derby: hosts of Nottingham & Derby and Staffordshire Qualifying Rounds

Post-event write up from a new venue partner

22 Nov 2013: Cadbury College: compete in national competition

Luke Heppenstall West awarded ‘best individual’ prize.

21 Nov 2013: Abbotsholme News: pupils compete at University of Derby

Lots of hard work and a fantastic experience of high-brow debating

21 Nov 2013: Stoke Damerel Community College: Aiming to have the last word

One school's experience of the Cornwall Qualifying Round

20 Nov 2013: Repton School: misses out on title at Aston University Multi Quali

Repton School proud of their debaters

19 Nov 2013: Bodmin College: ‘Bodmin Win Debating Matters County Final’

Winner of Cornwall Qualifying Round delighted

05 Nov 2013: Derby Telegraph: “Students set for war of words at city university”

News of Derby Qualifying Round at new venue partners Derby University

03 Nov 2013: Architecture Daily: “Architecture on the Frontline at The Battle Of Ideas”

Great report back of the DM International Final at this years Battle of Ideas, with Architecture Daily calling it: "...a surprising highlight of the weekend"

01 Nov 2013: Milngavie & Bearsden Herald: “Douglas Academy pupils debate Scottish independence”

Local paper coverage for the start of the STV/Debating Matters The Referendum Schools Debate

01 Nov 2013: STV News: “Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates”

The latest news about out partnership with STV, bringing debates about the 2014 Scottish independence referendum to schools across Scotland

31 Oct 2013: British Council: “UK-South Asia Season”

Debating Matters is a proud part of the British Council's work in South Asia

31 Oct 2013: Withington Girls’ School: “International Debating Champions”

News from our newly crowned DM International Champions

25 Oct 2013: Queenswood School: “Debating Matters - Regional Winners”

Report from a school through to the next stage!

17 Oct 2013: British Council Blog: Debating Matters India National Final

Nikhil Amarnath: The Crazy Memoir of an Impossible Dream

17 Oct 2013: Bolton School Boys’ Division: “Boys Debate Their Way to Regional Finals”

North West region school delighted to win!

16 Sep 2013: The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival: tickets for Debating Matters available

"We are pleased to host another qualifying round for this high profile national competition".

06 Aug 2013: UCL: INSTITUTE FOR RISK & DISASTER REDUCTION hosts Qualifying Rounds

IRDR at University College London to host all six Inner London Qualifying Rounds

10 Jul 2013: Nottingham Post: “Pupils in final of top debating contest”

News about one of our 2013 national finalist schools


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