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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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Latest News

Deloitte Better Futures Month Leaderboard!

The results are out now from our Deloitte Better Futures Month! This year,… Read more

Debate Mate is Hiring!

About Debate Mate Debate Mate is a social business that uses debating to… Read more

Secondary Urban Debate League 2022 – Round 2 Results!

The competitions are finished, the scores are in, and the final league table… Read more

Primary Urban Debate League 2022 – Round 2 Results!

The competitions are finished, the scores are in, and the final league table… Read more

Mentor Careers Fair Information and Resources

Thank you so much to all of our mentors who attended our very… Read more

Registration for Debate Mate Schools 2022 now open!

Saturday 5th March 2022 | 8:30am – 6:00pm Registration for our BP format… Read more

Secondary Urban Debate League 2022 – Round 1 Results!

The current league standings after the first round of our Virtual Secondary UDL… Read more

Primary Urban Debate League 2022 – Round 1 Results!

The current league standings after the first round of our Virtual Primary UDL… Read more

Debate Mate at Expo 2020 Dubai – A Good Luck Message

On the 10th of February, Debate Mate students from all four corners of… Read more

A statement from our CEO: Dismantling racism, the new normal

Hello, I am speaking to you as the Founder and CEO of Debate… Read more

Anti-racism: A joint statement from the Debate Mate team

We mourn the loss of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade… Read more

“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 all of our funders, supporters and partners of Debate Mate.