About Debating Matters
Debating Matters because ideas matter. This is the premise of the boi charity’s Debating Matters Competition, which emphasises debaters’ knowledge and clear thinking over points of order and rhetorical flourishes. By debating real-world issues, students are introduced to key controversies at the top of the public agenda. Using the acclaimed Debating Matters Topic Guides, the competition challenges school pupils to go beyond the media headlines and delve deeper into the biggest issues confronting society.
How is Debating Matters different?
You might already do debating or public speaking at your school. If so, great. But Debating Matters is by design different to other forms of debating which are predominantly about public speaking. In brief, Debating Matters:
— Focuses on ‘substance over style’, and judges teams on who has the best arguments and research, not who has the most flowery rhetoric
— Encourages pupils to research topics well in advance using carefully produced ‘topic guides’
— Situates real-world debates as they are discussed in politics and the media
— Involves eminent judges in questioning the debaters and putting them on the spot to justify their argument
Where can I sign up?
Looking for an older topic or debate? Our archive with over 15 years of DM Topic Guides is available here.