Get your school involved

Get your school involved

Registration for the Concern Debates Programme 2019-20 is now open!

Complete the registration form online by 30 August to receive discounted early bird entry rate of £60, or by 6 September for entry rate of £80.

Debate training

Debates training is a great way to meet other debates schools in your area and learn some essential debating skills, from where to start your research to how to deliver that decisive argument.  Several schools come together in one venue for a morning workshop. 

It's an excellent way to introduce students to debating. It’s also a useful way to refresh your knowledge if you are already familiar with the debates.

Why take part?

If you need any more convincing why you, your pupils or your children should take part in the Concern Debates, here are just some of the skills that previous participants have said they gained from debating:

  • Learn to speak in public and in front of peers

  • Develop cognitive and language abilities, as well as skills in research and debating

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the global issues affecting millions of people

 

If you like what you’ve heard so far, please sign up below and a Concern member of staff will be in touch with further information.

Video training

New to Debating? Not sure how to structure your speech and gain top marks? Check out the students from Portmarnock Community School below and see our full playlist here.

Each video highlights where the students are getting marked and are a good introduction to get acquainted with the marking sheet.

Debate team taking part in a Concern Debate.  Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Debate team taking part in a Concern Debate's 2019
Largy College winners of Concern Debates 2019. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Largy College winners of Concern Debates 2019
Concern Debate teams get ready to go head to head. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Concern Debate teams get ready to go head to head

‘Engaging young people with social justice issues is empowering for the teacher and the learner and brings a real sense of energy to the classroom and to the school environment.’

Sorcha Mellon, teacher
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Registration for the Concern Debates Programme 2019-20 is now open!

Complete the registration form online by 30 August to receive discounted early bird entry rate of £60, or by 6 September for entry rate of £80.

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League phase

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Playoff round

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Knockout round

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Quarter-finals

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Semi-finals

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National final

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Debate resources

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Key Dates|PDF(114 KB)

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