Debating in schools

Picture of the Scottish schools world championship debating team 2007

Scottish schools have a world-class record in debating. A team of five Scottish pupils won the World Schools Debating Championships in Seoul, South Korea, in 2007.

The aim of this resource is to encourage all young people and teachers to engage actively with debating.

An introduction to debating

Speaker at podiumBrowse guidance and information which will help teachers to introduce debating to their pupils.

Setting up a debating society

Picture of young people talkingLearn the basics of how to get a debating society started, recruit pupils and assign various roles to team members.

A fun extra-curricular activity

Talking in classAs well as being a powerful classroom tool, debating is a fun extra-curricular activity.

Competitive debating

Picture of a trophy

Debating competitions are a great way for pupils to meet students from other schools.