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Week 1



Week 1 – Reverse Zombie Apocalypse

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In Lesson 1, we all took part in an activity called Zombie Apocalypse where we... more


Week 1 – Political Terms

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 1, we learnt about the UK Government and some new debating strategies. Before... more


Week 1 – PEEL Preparation for the UN

Mastering Debating (all ages) In Lesson 1 we developed our PEEL structures using the topic the Environment. In preparation for... more


Week 1 – Where Do You Stand?

Debate Mate Juniors/Explorers In Lesson 1, we thought all about why we agree or disagree with statements. Print and cut... more


Week 1 – Where Do You Stand?

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 1, everyone took part in the activity Where Do You Stand? Now it’s... more

Week 2



Week 2 – Using our Style

Debate Mate Juniors/Explorers In Lesson 2, we thought about different techniques we can use to make our speaking as interesting... more


Week 2 – Different Speaking Styles

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In Lesson 2, we learnt about different speaking styles and techniques, and how these are... more


Week 2 – Why Voting Matters

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 2, we completed a debate about voting in political elections. Take a look... more


Week 2 – Who am I?

Mastering Debating 1 (all ages) In Lesson 2, everyone completed a debate on the topic the Environment and we focused... more


Week 2 – Stylish Speakers

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 2, we focused on style and how this makes our speeches more persuasive... more

Week 3



Week 3 – Celebrating Celebrities

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 3, we created speeches for the motion “This house believes children should not... more


Week 3 – Perfecting our PEELs

Debate Mate Juniors/Explorers In Lesson 3, we worked on the PEEL structure for our arguments. Have a go at creating... more


Week 3 – Who Am I?

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In Lesson 3, we thought about how we can use Stakeholders to strengthen our arguments... more


Week 3 – If I Ruled The World…

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 3 we learnt how to structure our arguments using PEEL. To recap: Point... more


Week 3 – Human Rights Rebuttal

Mastering Debating (all ages) In Lesson 3, we practiced advanced rebuttal on the topic of Human Rights in preparation for... more

Week 4



Week 4 – The Perfect Style

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 4, we completed a debate on the motion “This House regrets the rise... more


Week 4 – Advanced Preparation with PERMS

Mastering Debating 1 (all ages) In Lesson 4, we completed a debate on the topic Human Rights. When preparing for... more


Week 4 – Rebuttal Practice

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 4, we learnt how to respond to arguments using Rebuttal and Points of... more


Week 4 – Rebuttal Robot

Debate Mate Juniors/Explorers In Week 4, we learnt how to respond to arguments using Rebuttal and Points of Information. To... more


Week 4 – Preparation with PERMS

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) When preparing for a debate, PERMS is a useful tool to help us come up... more

Week 5



Week 5 – Debate Preparation

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 5, we practiced different debate preparation techniques ahead of the full debate next... more


Week 5 – PEEL Practice

Debate Mate Juniors/Explorers In Lesson 5, we took part in our first full debate! We used all of the skills... more


Week 5 – Stakeholder Ranking

Mastering Debating (all ages) Thinking about stakeholders is a great way to generate arguments in a debate. A stakeholder is... more


Week 5 – POI Power

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In week 5, we learnt advanced Point of Information (POI) techniques and put them into... more


Week 5 – PEEL Reflection

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 5, we took part in our first full debate! We used all of... more

Week 6



Week 6 – Activist Fact File

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 6, we took part in a full debate on the environment, concentrating on... more


Week 6 – Arguing with Animals

Debate Mate Explorers In Lesson 6, we completed a debate on the motion “This House believes that humans are more... more


Week 6 – Defining The Motion

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 6, we learnt how the first speaker of the Proposition defines the motion... more


Week 6 – Active Listening

Developing Debating Skills (12+) In Lesson 6, we started thinking about different strategies we can use to win debates. One... more


Week 6 – Active Listening

Developing Debating Skills (7-11) In Lesson 6, we started thinking about different strategies we can use to win debates. One... more


Week 6 – Research Reliability

Mastering Debating 1 (all ages) In Lesson 6, we took part in a full debate on the topic of ‘sport’.... more


Week 6 – Finding Arguments

Debate Mate Juniors In Lesson 6, we improved our PEEL speeches and took part in a debate on the topic... more

Week 7



Week 7 – Debating Your Motion

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 7, we learnt how to create our own motions. Think back to the... more


Week 7 – The Intelligent Alien

Debate Mate Explorers In Lesson 7, we learnt how to expand our explanations during our PEEL speeches. During our lesson,... more


Week 7 – Practicing Points of Information

Debate Mate Juniors In Lesson 7, we practiced our Points of Information. We learnt how to keep them short and... more


Week 7 – Learning About The Motion

Mastering Debating (12+) In preparation for the debate next week on the motion “This House believes that the pollution of... more


Week 7 – Learning About The Motion

Mastering Debating (7-11) In preparation for the debate next week on the motion “This House believes that the pollution of... more


Week 7 – International Women’s Day

Introduction to Debating (12+) and Developing Debating Skills (12+) International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. The... more


Week 7 – International Women’s Day

Introduction to Debating (7-11) and Developing Debating Skills (7-11) International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. The... more

Week 8



Week 8 – Listening Carefully

Debate Mate Explorers In Lesson 8, we developed our understanding of rebuttal and practiced this against another term. When offering... more


Week 8 – Refining Advanced Skills

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) Before our debate in lesson 8, we recapped the key skills we have learnt this... more


Week 8 – What Have I Learnt?

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In Lesson 8, we set individual targets to help us focus on what our strengths... more


Week 8 – Powerful Language

Mastering Debating (all ages) By using powerful language in our speeches, we are able to make an impact and persuade... more


Week 8 – Developing Rebuttal

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 8, we developed our understanding of rebuttal and Points of Information. We thought... more


Week 8 – Speaking with Style

Debate Mate Juniors In Lesson 8, we thought more about what makes our speaking interesting and put these ideas into... more

Week 9



Week 9 – Competition Preparation

Mastering Debating 2 (all ages) In Lesson 9, we recapped and practiced lots of the skills we have learnt over... more


Week 9 – Highlighting Examples

Debate Mate Juniors In Lesson 9, we completed a full debate on the motion ‘This House would ban zoos.’ We... more


Week 9 – Remembering our Terms

Debate Mate Explorers In Lesson 9, we played a game of Debate Bingo to help us remember all of the... more


Week 9 – Take Note!

Mastering Debating 1 (all ages) In Lesson 9, we practiced our active listening skills. Listening is so important during a... more


Week 9 – Stakeholder Ranking

Developing Debating Skills (all ages) In Lesson 9, we practiced a full debate and used Stakeholder analysis to help us... more


Week 9 – Matching PERMS

Introduction to Debating (all ages) In Lesson 9, we practiced using Stakeholder analysis and PERMS to generate arguments. Have a... more