Debate Mate Schools: Registration now open!

Once again, we at Debate Mate are opening our doors to schools across the country to compete for the Debate Mate Schools trophy!

Debate Mate Schools 2019 is taking place on Saturday 23rd of March at Oasis Academy South Bank. This competition is open to ALL schools, including those which do not take part in the Debate Mate Core Programme.

You can find a short video from our first Debate Mate Schools tournament here.

The tournament will consist of four rounds of British Parliamentary debating, concluding with both a Novice Final and an Open Final. Any proceeds from the competition will be used to fund our charitable activities. Sign up here!

We are currently limiting each school to four teams, as we have a team cap of 60. The costs for registration are: 1 Team – £40; 2 Teams – £75; 3 Teams – £100; 4 Teams – £120. We are very pleased to offer schools that are on the Debate Mate Core Programme 2 free teams each.

We are in the process of putting together a world-class Chief Adjudication team, who we will announce shortly on our Facebook event page.

While we are committed to delivering a competitive and world-class debating competition, Debate Mate Schools will hold true to the founding principles of Debate Mate by providing opportunities for our students to learn how a tournament is run. To that end, like our past Debate Mate Schools competitions, our Graduate School students will be helping to tab, running logistics, joining judging panels and one of them will be joining the Chief Adjudication team as an Deputy Chief Adjudicator. This commitment to involving students in the running of the competition delivers one of the most student-focused schools tournaments on the circuit.


8:30 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 9:30: Briefings

9:30 – 11:00: Round 1

11:00 – 12:30: Round 2

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 15:00: Round 3

15:00 – 16:30: Round 4

16:30 – 18:00: Novice Final / Open Final

Finally, we offer bespoke BP training sessions, so if you are interested in these and the costs involved, please contact


If you have any queries or require further information, then please contact


We very much hope to see you there!

– The Debate Mate Team