Specialist subjects: Personal, social and health education, English, Citizenship, History, Government and politics, Understanding the world, Cross-curricular topics, Media studies, Pedagogy and professional development, Philosophy and ethics, Sociology, Whole school
Class Debates aren't like traditional school debating. There are no winners or losers. There’s no need for rhetorical skill. The emphasis is on exploring a range of opinion, not settling a contest. Class Debates encourage students to think and speak critically. Because everyone gets a chance to debate, they allow all students to become more articulate, confident, and better listeners. Our guiding purpose is to help young people develop into tolerant, well-informed citizens, fully participating in democratic debate.
Since 1975, we've been sending our weekly debate resources to schools across the UK and internationally. Every Monday morning, we email subscribers a link to the latest edition of Class Debates Weekly, based on a current controversial topic in the news. Our new online archive contains topical debates spanning decades, and we’re adding more resources all the time. Sign up for a free trial to browse our archive and try out Class Debates debates in your classroom.