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Registration is now open for our 2020-21 programme

Up for Debate is now entering its sixth year and we’re going online! Over 250 schools have begun to establish a culture of whole-school critical oracy for their pupils and colleagues so far. Will you join them and help your pupils become persuasive speakers and analytical thinkers? Email [email protected] to register your interest for this year’s programme, or read more details about the 2020-21 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 7-9s each spring and summer.

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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. 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 supporting the increased use of referenda and imprisoning only violent criminals.

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. 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.

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. 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 7-9s.

Slide Content Intelligent, coherent, robust and relevant arguments; the perfect antidote to the post-truth era! Slide Responses Quick-witted replies to points from the other side are a key part of every debater's involvement in the debate Slide Structure Choosing and ordering arguments according to their importance, plus working as a team and keeping track of the time! Slide Language Engaging and inspirational speeches using rhetorical techniques from the stark and simple to the cleverly complex Slide Delivery Vocal and physical performances so that your ideas reach the audience with perfect clarity (and maybe a touch of drama)