Education in this country is simply not fair. The system is marred by inequality as the education you receive is largely determined by where you grow up and the socioeconomic background of your parents. If you grow up in a household living below the relative poverty line you are less likely to attain higher grades in KS2 and GCSE assessments, more likely to Not be in Education, Employment or Training, and less likely to go to university (especially the really selective ones).
This year, for the very first time, Debate Mate are opening their doors to schools across the country to compete for a brand-new DM trophy.
On 19 November, we launched the Debate Mate Graduate School, which aims to take students who've enjoyed our core programme and turn them into elite debaters and social leaders.
In the first week of November, Debate Mate hosted launch events in five cities across the UK: London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and Nottingham.
This was a great summer for Debate Mate’s International Programmes as we ran month-long programmes in Nepal and Rwanda.