The Concern Debates would not happen without our amazing team of volunteers.

Among our family of volunteers is the Concern Debates adjudicators. At each debate there are three adjudicators, one chief and two assistants. Using the Concern Debates marking sheet they mark and score the students throughout.

Getting started

We are always looking for new adjudicators to join our amazing network.

Generally, adjudicators will attend two or three debates at local schools during the academic year, but they are free to adjudicate at as few or as many debates as they wish.

No expertise is required to become an adjudicator but an open mind is essential. You must be able to see both sides of an argument and be able to give constructive positive feedback.

Full training is provided for each volunteer adjudicator.

When a Debate is happening in your area, you will be contacted by us to check if you are free to adjudicate. If you are then available to adjudicate, Concern will send you all the details of the debate, such as venue and motion. Debates generally begin at 8 pm.

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.

“This is also an excellent opportunity to hear the views of young people on serious issues and to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world.

Geraldine Carroll, Concern’s Schools and Youth Programme Administrator
Adjudicators marking students on their debates Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide /  May 2019
Adjudicators marking students on their debates
Adjudicators in Lecture Theatre at Concern Debates semi-final at King's Inns Photo: Concern Worldwide / 2016
Adjudicators in Lecture Theatre at Concern Debates semi-final at King's Inns

Why sign up as an adjudicator? 




Interested in politics, current affairs and international development? Concern carefully chooses motions to encourage critical thinking on complex issues relating to development, poverty, justice and human rights. Through adjudicating you will get the chance to listen to fascinating view points from a youth point of view on some of the most contentious issues facing our world today.




Empower young people


How are debates adjudicated?

After the open forum session, the chief adjudicator will give some feedback on the debate, going over various parts of the marking sheet and offering advice for future debates.

They will then announce that the motion has been carried (won by the proposition) or defeated (won by the opposition).

Points are awarded as follows:

  • Three points for a unanimous win (all three adjudicators agreed)

  • Two points for a majority win (just two agreed)

  • 1.5 points each for a draw (both teams were equally as good)

  • One point for a majority loss (if you lose by a majority)

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