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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 is of massive importance in giving students from state schools across the capital involved in developing the skills of critical analysis and reasoning, as well as confidence in expression and delivery, that allow students to grow both within their educational environment and personally. Through a mixture of competition and training, the competition aims to include students of all educational backgrounds in an extra-curricular activity to which they otherwise may not get access.

The London Debate Challenge is a competition for state and maintained school students in years 7 to 9 that takes place in each of the 33 boroughs of London, with the winners from each borough going on to compete at the London Finals Day.

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.

As part of the London Debate Challenge's goal of increasing participation in debating, we will also be providing coaching with some of our most experienced mentors within the borough day.

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