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London Debate Challenge

 The London Debate Challenge Grand Final will take place at Senate House on the 3rd July. For more details, and to register for tickets, please click here

Registration for the London Debate Challenge has now closed. If you are interested in registering please contact Pete Doughton ( and we will attempt to accommodate you within one of our rounds.

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 that they otherwise may not get access to.

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.

The borough rounds will take place at host schools within each borough between the 22nd April and 6th June, giving the opportunity to build a debating community within each of the boroughs.

This year, rather than hosting borough rounds across a series of evenings we will be holding a single day of debating with 2 preliminary rounds, and a borough final.

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 electronically. 

Participation in the competition is completely free.

If you have any questions, please contact Competitions Officer Pete Doughton at

We look forward to seeing you in this year’s London Debate Challenge.