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About Debate Mate

We hire top university students
to be inspirational 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 the 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.