Organised by the Institute of Ideas and supported by the Wellcome Trust, Debating Matters is a competition for sixth formers with a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. Debating Matters because ideas matter. Debating Matters presents schools with an innovative and engaging approach to debating, where the real-world debates and a challenging format, including panel judges who engage with the students, appeal to students from a wide range of backgrounds, including schools with a long tradition of debating and those with none. The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny.

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