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Please see below for a selection of recent news coverage about Debating Matters

10 Mar 2015: Mid Devon Gazette: No debate over strength of Queen Elizabeth’s performance

Queens Elizabeth Academy shine at West & South Wales Regional Final

18 Feb 2015: Space Policy: Debating Matters Space Exploration

DM Judge, Dr Jill Stuart at London South Regional Final Space Panel

08 Jan 2015: The Argus: Students have the gift of the gab

Worthing College team claim victory at our Hampshire Qualifying Round

15 Dec 2014: So Cheshire: Congelton High Succeed in Debating Matters

Cheshire Qualifying Round winners, Congelton High School, profiled

12 Dec 2014: Redditch & Alcester Advertiser: Will pupils argue their way to success?

Last Year's Central Regional Winners, Alcester Grammar, will compete again next week

10 Dec 2014: BBC Radio Cumbria: Mike Zeller reports in Cumbria

Breakfast presenter Mike Zeller reports from – and takes part in – our Cumbria Qualifying Round

04 Dec 2014: St Mary’s University Twickenham: Lecturer Judges Schools Debate

DM Judge, Dr Trevor Stammers, reflects on his experience

03 Dec 2014: Sussex Express: Mayfield girls ask serious questions

Girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School won a tough debating competition last week

01 Dec 2014: Plymouth University: Cognition Institute hosts Debating Matters

Plymouth University's Cognition Institute hosts Debating Matters Cornwall and Devon Qualifying Rounds

29 Nov 2014: Guardian: Is it right that public schools have charitable status?

Debating Matters judge, Charlotte Vere, in Comment is Free

20 Nov 2014: Gloucester Citizen: Chosen Hill take on regions best

The Chosen Hill debating group

19 Nov 2014: St Mary’s University Twickenham: Lecturer to Judge School Debate

DM Judge Dr Trevor Stammers at the Merton Qualifying Round

18 Nov 2014: MRC: Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Tim Dalgleish, Programme Leader at the CBU judges Debating Matters

18 Nov 2014: Northern Echo: Hot topics up for debate by North-East teenagers

Teesside University in Middlesbrough join forces with the Institute of Ideas

17 Nov 2014: Nottingham Post: the thrill of the argument

Interview with competitors from Chilwell School and DM's Adam Rawcliffe

07 Nov 2014: Tricycle Readers: Libraries, the ultimate user experience

From DM Judge, Shyama Perera's blog

04 Nov 2014: Ulster Star: Local students the last word in debating

Hunterhouse College Senior Debaters claim victory

02 Nov 2014: Shoreham Herald: Debating team win place at Regional Finals

Steyning Grammar School beat off tough competition

02 Nov 2014: The Star: bright spark

Cardiff Sixth Form College shining

31 Oct 2014: Enfield Independent: School to take part in London debating

Highlands School, in Worlds End Lane, Enfield, will compete at University College London

27 Oct 2014: Guardian: How to teach press freedom

Debating Matters Topic Guides get a plug

21 Oct 2014: Franklin College: Debate team in International Final

Josh and Lily take on the Battle of Ideas Festival

20 Oct 2014: Times of India: Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan students win debating championship in UK

Chennai team wins Debating Matters International Final

08 Oct 2014: Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn and Burnley students clash over Fracking

Blackburn College and Burnley College have clashed in a fiery discussion on fracking

25 Aug 2014: British Council India: Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior School prepare for Battle of Ideas

Debating Matters India year six winners from Chennai take on Franklin College

10 Jul 2014: Alcester Grammar School: National Final 2014 was a great event

We're already filling in our entry forms for next year

04 Jul 2014: Royal Grammar Guildford: Hit the headlines

Daniel Sutton's skills acknowledged by judges yet again

03 Jul 2014: Grimsby Telegraph: No arguments ... this debating team are truly talented

DM National FInal: Franklin College students are the best in Britain

02 Jul 2014: Cardiff Sixth Form College: reach DM National Final for 2nd year running

Both Lebogang and Annie received ‘Honourable Mention’ awards

01 Jul 2014: Maidstone and Medway News: local girls take over British Library

Invicta Grammar girls among the top debaters in the country

01 Jul 2014: Franklin College: we won!

Franklin debate team take top prize at British Library

01 Jul 2014: The Henrietta Barnett School: Congratulations to the debate team

National Finalist team 2014 receive praise

30 Jun 2014: The Day: Debating Matters, let the competition begin

National Final 2014

21 May 2014: National Stem Centre: free resources for schools

Debating Matters Topic Guides encourage debate in the classroom

14 Apr 2014: Scotland Tonight: Schools debate winners share their experiences

Kirsten Tingle and Conor Ewing from Douglas Academy and judge Mark Diffley on Scotland Tonight

12 Apr 2014: STV: Referendum Schools Debate

Individual winners announced

13 Mar 2014: Invicta Grammar School: Win London Inner Regional FInal

Tallow Chandlers Company Hall impresses Kent sixth formers

11 Mar 2014: Canterbury Times: Simon Langton Girls School through to regional stage

Pupils from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar talk their way through to the regional finals

04 Mar 2014: Magdalen College School: Regional final report

Oxford team receive praise from the judges

03 Mar 2014: Langley School: Joe Reed gets Best Individual Prize

East Regional Final sees fierce debating from the Langley team

28 Feb 2014: Dillington Blog: Park House School, Newbury, win at Cumberland Lodge

Judge Wayne Bennett, Director of Dillington House, reports on the South Regional Final

23 Feb 2014: Sailsbury Journal: Godolphin School team head for Windsor Greak Park

Godolphin debaters are off to the south Regional Final at Cumberland Lodge

13 Feb 2014: Simon Langton Girls Grammar: Making debate count locally

In forging positive links with other local schools, it is hoped that future partnership events will soon emerge

11 Feb 2014: UKED Magazine: Debating in Schools; Does it Matters?

DM teacher, Sharon Jones assesses debating in schools

06 Jan 2014: University of Derby: Sixth form students go head to head

Head to head at Derby University

20 Dec 2013: The Hindu: Students of Chennai school win debate at national level

Indian national daily covers the DM India winners

12 Dec 2013: University of Sheffield: DM Judging Partner

Tim Shephard judges national schools debating competition

06 Dec 2013: Alcester Grammar School: win through to Central Regional Final

Winning debates on Megacities and Sex Selection sees AGS through to Leicester University in April

06 Dec 2013: PSBB K K Nagar School: Debating Matters India National Champions

Arguing that India should not abolish capital punishment seals victory

06 Dec 2013: Howell’s School: success in Debating Matters Competition

Winners of Bristol Qualifying Round celebrate their success

28 Nov 2013: University of Derby: hosts of Nottingham & Derby and Staffordshire Qualifying Rounds

Post-event write up from a new venue partner

22 Nov 2013: Cadbury College: compete in national competition

Luke Heppenstall West awarded ‘best individual’ prize.

21 Nov 2013: Abbotsholme News: pupils compete at University of Derby

Lots of hard work and a fantastic experience of high-brow debating

21 Nov 2013: Stoke Damerel Community College: Aiming to have the last word

One school's experience of the Cornwall Qualifying Round

20 Nov 2013: Repton School: misses out on title at Aston University Multi Quali

Repton School proud of their debaters

19 Nov 2013: Bodmin College: ‘Bodmin Win Debating Matters County Final’

Winner of Cornwall Qualifying Round delighted

05 Nov 2013: Derby Telegraph: “Students set for war of words at city university”

News of Derby Qualifying Round at new venue partners Derby University

01 Nov 2013: Milngavie & Bearsden Herald: “Douglas Academy pupils debate Scottish independence”

STV/Debating Matters Referendum Schools Debate starts here

01 Nov 2013: STV News: “Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates”

The latest news about out partnership with STV, bringing debates about the 2014 Scottish independence referendum to schools across Scotland

31 Oct 2013: British Council: “UK-South Asia Season”

Debating Matters is a proud part of the British Council's work in South Asia

31 Oct 2013: Withington Girls’ School: “International Debating Champions”

News from our newly crowned DM International Champions

25 Oct 2013: Queenswood School: “Debating Matters - Regional Winners”

Report from a school through to the next stage!

17 Oct 2013: British Council Blog: Debating Matters India National Final

Nikhil Amarnath: The Crazy Memoir of an Impossible Dream

17 Oct 2013: Bolton School Boys’ Division: “Boys Debate Their Way to Regional Finals”

North West region school delighted to win!

16 Sep 2013: The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival: tickets for Debating Matters available

"We are pleased to host another qualifying round for this high profile national competition".

06 Aug 2013: UCL: INSTITUTE FOR RISK & DISASTER REDUCTION hosts Qualifying Rounds

IRDR at University College London to host all six Inner London Qualifying Rounds

10 Jul 2013: Nottingham Post: “Pupils in final of top debating contest”

News about one of our 2013 national finalist schools

05 Jul 2013: UCL: Development Planning Unit, ‘Megacities are bad for the developing world’

Vanesa Castan- Broto: Seminar presentation to National Finalists 2013


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