03 Apr 2018: Debating Matters Birmingham Championship in partnership with Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

The Academy of Ideas is delighted to announce the Debating Matters Birmingham Championship, to be hosted by our partners Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College on 4 July 2018

Debating Matters is pleased to reveal another of our new Championships to be held at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham, on 4 July 2018. Twelve schools will have the opportunity to battle it out for the crown of Debating Matters Birmingham Champions as they tackle a range of difficult topics over the course of a rigorous day of debate.

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College is located in Highgate in Birmingham and is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Tom Williams, Learning Leader (Wider Learning), said of the college’s support for the Debating Matters Birmingham Championship:

“Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College is delighted to support Debate Matters in this next round of the regional championships. Debate, public speaking, and promotion of listening play a crucial part in the development of our young people into active members of society. Equally, topics for debate chosen by the experts at the Academy of Ideas will demand an engagement with important ethical issues facing all of our futures.”

Claire Fox, director of the Academy of Ideas, said:

“The competition prides itself on taking young people seriously, valuing ideas and allowing free debate. Some of the brightest and best students in the Midlands will be taken out of their comfort zone by tackling the contemporary issues we have in store for them. We’re delighted to be able to work with Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, a fantastic educational institution that is commendable in its commitment to the importance of free debate and constructive criticism to the development of young minds. All of us at the Academy of Ideas cannot wait to hear what Birmingham’s young people think about these big ideas.”

If you are a school or college and you would like to take part, please register interest ASAP as places are limited. Email Bernie Whelan at for all the details and an entry form. You can also contact Bernie with any other queries you have in relation to the event.


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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