• Rebecca de Pelet

    Head of Department (English) in the Independent sector, Programme Curator for TEDxSherborne

    Sherborne School, TEDxSherborne

    Rebecca began her career as a journalist, making the move to teaching English in her twenties. She has now been a teacher for over 20 years, in both the state and independent sectors, serving as head of department for 16 of these. In her current role as Head of English at Sherborne School, she has created a range of societies which encourage young people to write and to talk about writing, as well as run a world-class festival of writing for 8 years, where over 25 writers shared their practice in group sessions, and their skills in workshops, for the benefit of the 4000 or so pupils across the five secondary schools in Sherborne.  She has recently become Programme Curator for TEDxSherborne, which will hold its first event on May the 9th in 2019. Rebecca is passionate about enabling young people to express themselves fluently and with power.


Championship: Southampton 2019

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Championship: Southampton 2019

DEBATE: Fake News

Championship: Dorset 2018

DEBATE: Universal Basic Income

Championship: Dorset 2018

DEBATE: Historical monuments


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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