Debate Mate uses debating to improve academic achievement, increase self-esteem and raise the aspirations of 12–15 year olds from some of the poorest areas of the UK.
Debating develops skills, improves discipline in school and leads to greater engagement with the world beyond the classroom.
After-school clubs are led by student mentors from some of the UK’s top universities, including Oxford, the LSE, Manchester and Bristol.
Regular interaction with these role models has a positive effect on student attainment and motivation. Debate Mate replaces underachievement with higher expectations.
Over 140 state secondary schools take part in Debate Mate each year, engaging hundreds of students with the world beyond the classroom.
Skills that increase prospects: