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Virtual Debate Competition

Together with Debate Mate, we are inviting students in Years 11-13 to take part in our Virtual Debate Competition.

The Virtual Debate Competition will take place from 1-3 December 2023.  It is open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools. The deadline to register is 19 October 2023.

Over three days, students will have the opportunity to showcase their debating skills and compete against their international peers through live debates on Zoom. Students will receive high quality and extensive feedback from expert judges after each debate, allowing them to improve and practise their skills. 

Preparing for and engaging in logical and stimulating debate is an excellent way for students to cultivate skills such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork and the ability to respect opinions that differ from their own; an aptitude that is ever-important in a changing world. Participating in this competition is an excellent opportunity for students to exercise these skills and develop them further.


For information on last academic year's Virtual Debate, including the motions, please click here.

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£299 + VAT per team

How to register

Registration has now closed.

Each school can enter up to two teams. Teams can include up to 6 students, however only 4 students per team will be able to take part in each debate.

The competition will take place on 1-3 December 2023. There will be two timeslots to choose from: Red League: 08.00-13.00 or Blue League: 14.00-19.00 GMT. The finals (both leagues) will take place on Sunday 3 December, 08.00-13.30 GMT. There are limited places available for the ‘morning’ Red League timeslot; these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to view Debate Mate's Information Pack.

Debate Mate is an innovative global social business that employs elite debate mentors to teach the skills of communication and leadership in schools and businesses across the world. With 13 years of experience, we run one of the worlds largest debating programmes and we equip people of all ages and backgrounds with the ability to communicate & collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, to think critically and creatively, whilst also developing empathy, resilience and core confidence. We have worked with over 1,500 businesses and brands and work with 6,000 young people each week.

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