The eight teams that have reached the quarter-finals have each won their respective regional rounds, which took place in March and April at Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham universities and the London School of Economics. The grand final will be chaired by Emily Maitlis, the renowned journalist and TV broadcaster, with Jeremy Quin, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank UK, also attending. Mr Quin said:
‘Debate Mate encourages understanding and builds interpersonal skills, it helps give kids the confidence they need to succeed in education, in work and in life. It is a privelige to support the competition.’
Founded in 2008, Debate Mate is an educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility. The programme boosts participants’ confidence, raises aspirations, and equips them with skills to succeed academically and vocationally. This is why it forms a key part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank's youth engagement programme helping young people reach their full potential by developing employability skills, confidence and aspirations.
Debate Mate works in some of the country’s most challenging state schools, in areas of high child poverty. Its core programme consists of after-school debating clubs led by inspirational mentors who are students at some of the UK’s top universities, including Oxford, the LSE, Manchester and Birmingham. The programme, which lasts 16 weeks, is targeted at students in years 8 to 10 (aged 12-15 years).
The schools competing in quarter- and semi- finals, hoping to feature in the Grand Final on 26 June, are:
Blackheath Bluecoat CofE School, Bridge Academy, Central Foundation Boys’ School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College and Robert Clack School of Science from London, RSA Academy from Birmingham, Wade Deacon High School from Manchester and Djanogly City Academy from Nottingham.