New for 2021: Topic stimulus sheets   160 starter resources for every curriculum subject The complete critical oracy programme for schools   Find out more about Up for Debate Content is King   How to generate great ideas Language, Language, Language*   Play rhetoric bingo with Professor Ivan O'Pinion * Epizeuxis: repetition of one word three times

Programme now free to all PiXL schools!

Up for Debate is now entering its seventh year. Over 400 schools in the PiXL Club have begun to establish a culture of whole-school critical oracy for their pupils and colleagues. Our resources are now available for free to all PiXL Schools in England & Wales. You will soon be able to login via the PiXL website. For the moment, you can log in using your username and password, or contact [email protected] for more details.

If you’re not a PiXL school and are interested in finding out more about debating, contact [email protected].

↑ Watch short film about how Up for Debate links with the PiXL Club’s three priorities of Culture, Currency and Character, or read more about the programme.

Up for Debate is a major 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. Our major new development for 2021-22 are our 160 stimulus sheets to start debates in every curriculum subject.

This year, we are delighted to offer you 160 brand new stimulus sheets covering key stages 3, 4 and 5 in 29 curriculum subjects. Each sheet takes a contentious topic in its subject and encourages students to engage with the issues. Featuring key questions, vocabulary, facts, examples and research tasks, the A4 sheets include everything you need to stimulate thinking about the debate.

↑ Watch short film about our new topic stimulus sheets for all subjects.

KS3 Scheme of Work

Our scheme of work provides a wealth of lesson ideas, videos, stimulus materials and worksheets for 8 to 20 hours of guided learning. It’s ideal for introducing debate to an entire cohort of pupils at the start of their time at secondary school. 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.

Debate across the curriculum

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. We now offer 160 topic stimulus sheets to get you started with debates in every subject across the curriculum. We also have introductory resources on cross-curricular debate to help introduce debate to your colleagues in every department.

Debating beyond the classroom

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. Our resources can help you set up lunchtime or after-school clubs for all age groups, and introduce you to the rich world of debating competitions and programmes across the UK and around the world.