How it works?
We recruit and train the best and brightest university students to be peer-peer mentors.
Mentors are placed in schools in disadvantaged areas to establish extra-curricular debate clubs.
Mentors use Debate Mate’s unique teaching resources to lead 14-weeks of after-school debate training.
The students then put their skills to the test in two of the largest debating competitions in the UK.
17-week programme, after-school clubs, national competitions. Including additional programmes: Accelerate, Debate Mate+, and the DM Graduate School.
from years 4 to 10.
- Raise students' aspirations for both education and employment
- Develop key employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical-thinking, and self-management
- Accelerate attainment in Speaking and Listening
- Strengthen emotional capacity through building confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and resilience
Mount St Mary's joined the Leeds Debate Mate Programme in 2016. Since then, they have won their region's Debate Mate Cup, and debated in front of Bill Gates.
This school's story is a fantastic example of how the Debate Mate Programme can become a key component of the school's overall ethos.
Debate Mate Accelerate
- Give disengaged students a disposition towards learning
- Help students with their behaviour by building effective communication skills
- Develop students’ confidence and desire to participate in classroom discussions
Debate Mate Plus
- Continue to develop key employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical-thinking, and self-management
- Develop students’ confidence and ability in making informed decisions about their higher education and career options
- Improve students understanding of current affairs, general knowledge, and ‘how stuff works’
- Raise aspirations by exposing young people to inspirational organisations and individuals
If you are 15 years old or above, have participated on the Debate Mate Core Programme, and are interested in advanced debate coaching and social leadership projects, please take a look at our Graduate School in the Student Zone.Learn More
of students said they are better able to respond to, and respectfully disagree with, the ideas of others
said they feel more comfortable speaking up in class
said they take a more active role in the school community, and the community in which they live
said they enjoyed taking part in the Debate Mate sessions