Up for Debate is just about to enter its third year, and we’d love for you to join us, and over 100 other secondary schools, in establishing a culture of whole-school critical oracy for your pupils and colleagues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved, or read more details about the 2017-18 programme.
Up for Debate is a major new oracy programme for state schools in England, brought to you by the PiXL Edge and the Noisy Classroom. We bring PiXL’s years of experience in helping pupils succeed, together with top quality resources developed by world-class debate educators. The programme includes a richly-resourced Scheme of Work for KS3, ideas for oracy across the curriculum and for co-curricular debate. We also run a major national debating competition for Year 9s each spring and summer.
Our scheme of work provides a wealth of lesson ideas, videos, stimulus materials and worksheets for 8 to 20 hours of guided learning. The lessons and activities build skills across our five assessment criteria: Content, Structure, Responses, Language and Delivery. All pupils in a class take part in one of four debates at the end of the SoW, this year’s motions are on taxing junk food and returning cultural treasures to their country of origin.
Many of the schools delivering our KS3 scheme of work do so in English, but debating is an aspirational and versatile learning tool for subjects across the curriculum. Whether you debate the pros and cons of nuclear energy or genetic engineering in Science, the causes of major events in History, or which choices to make in a project in Computer Science or D&T, our resources on cross-curricular debate are here to help.
Many of the UK’s greatest writers, thinkers, captains of industry and politicians honed their analytical skills and developed a love of oratory in a sixth-form debating society. But co-curricular debate has moved far beyond the narrow-focus of old-fashioned elitism. We encourage everyone to get Up for Debate, and our ‘doors wide open’ approach is shown nowhere more than in our National Up for Debate competition for Year 9s.