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Learn more about some of the different formats for competitive debates

Competitive debates give your students the chance to meet debaters from other schools and from around the world, and to speak in exciting venues. Who knows – your class may contain the next member of your national World Schools’ Debating Team! Find out more about some of the formats here…

MACE

This is a competitive format for teams of two used in the ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition.

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EXTENDED MACE

This is a simple format for teams of three (and structured audience participation) used both in the classroom and in competitions.

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BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY

This is a competitive format commonly used in university-run competitions.

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