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About Debate Mate

We hire top university students
to serve as peer mentors.
Mentors run after-school debate clubs
in areas of high child poverty.
Students take part in
the Core Programme, Debate Mate Accelerate, DM+ and Graduate School.
Debate Mate develops key 21st century employability skills
and positive character attributes.
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“The work you do is amazing.”
Bill Gates
Royal Institution of Great Britain, April 2017
“Debate Mate is a wonderful organisation which inspires children. The debating groups and training programmes are first class.”
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Former Chief Inspector, Ofsted
“Debate Mate is having a remarkable impact in helping teenagers express their ideas clearly, confidently and reasonably, skills which ought to be at the heart of modern education.”
Lord Adonis Minister of State for Education, 2005 - 2008
“Debate Mate has really boosted my confidence in the way that I am now, it really has benefited my life and I really enjoy it”
Nayah, Student
“Debate Mate has given our students new hopes and dreams, and they now have a very bright future ahead of them.”
Sarah, Teacher

Our Supporters

We would like to thank our funders, supporters and partners of the 2018-19 programme.