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Schools Mace

The National Debating Championship for Schools in England

Registration for the Schools' Mace 2016-17 will open on
 1 July!
  • Open to Key Stage 3 and up
  • One team of two pupils per school
  • Registration Fee is £30 per team
  • Largest schools debating competition in the UK with around 350 schools entering each year
  • Helps meet Speaking and Listening targets set by the National Curriculum
  • Great for a young student's CV
  • All students in the programme become ESU Alumni
The Schools' Mace Handbook contains a glossary of commonly used public speaking terms, the updated rules of the competition, details of the competition format, as well as guidelines for speakers, teachers, host schools and coaches.

The competition runs in line with the academic year, beginning in the Autumn term. The first round of the competition takes place in late October and November, the second round in January, the Regional Finals in February and the National Final in late March.

If you have any questions relating to the Schools' Mace, please consult our FAQs here before contacting a member of the Oracy team.

 If you have any queries that you can't find an answer to in the document above, please contact Shiraz Engineer.

To download the current Schools' Mace Handbook, click here.  An updated version of the Handbook will be available in July.

Further Resources

Schools' Mace Judging Guidelines

Schools' Mace Judging Notes Sheet

Schools' Mace Expenses Claim Form

Schools' Mace Photo Permission Slip

Schools' Mace Debating Exercise

Schools' Mace Debating Exercise (2)