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London Debate Challenge

Registration for the London Debate Challenge 2016 has now closed.

Competitions Officer Shiraz Engineer will be in touch with all registered schools the week beginning 28 March with more information.

The NEW London Debate Challenge 2016 Handbook is available here

Please note: two Borough rounds are not centrally administered, but should be directly contacted.

Enfield: and/or
Wandsworth:  and/or

For more information please contact Competitions Officer Shiraz Engineer.

The London Debate Challenge gives students from state and maintained schools across the capital the opportunity to develop the skills required for effective debating through a mixture of expert training and competition. Through practical workshops and feedback sessions with our experienced ESU Mentors, all students taking part in the LDC work on strengthening their skills in critical analysis and reasoning, as well as developing their confidence in expression and delivery, in a supportive learning environment. This free competition aims to inspire students of all educational backgrounds to explore and practise debating in a fun and accessible way.

The London Debate Challenge is open to state and maintained school students in Years 7 to 9.

This year's competition is split into three parts: 

Borough Heats (mid-March- early June): Each Team takes part in at least two debates. The highest scoring team will become the Borough Finalist. The Borough rounds will take place at some point within this time period, agreed upon by all schools in the borough.  

Regional Heats (June): Four Regional Heats - North, East, South and West London - will take place throughout June based on Borough Finalists' locations. The two highest scoring teams of each Regional Heat will then be invited to attend the Final.

Final Day (4 July, Dartmouth House, London): Regional Finalists will compete on the Final Day. After 3 Rounds of Debate, the two best teams will compete in the Grand Final.
This event will be a full-school day, and will be held at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London. Further details will be provided to qualifying teams.

With the London Debate Challenge now being organised centrally by the English-Speaking Union, registration will be conducted centrally and electronically. 

Participation in the competition is completely free at all stages.


LDC Motions Factfile 2016