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The Big Questions

The Big Questions

Whether your child is already a debating whizz, or is completely new to the debating world, this course will help them think critically, create well-reasoned arguments, communicate with clarity, and develop their knowledge of the world around them.

Led by our inspiring team of university mentors, your child will be given the space to engage with current affairs in an accessible, engaging and supportive environment. 

The Debate Mate team will allocate your child to the perfect group based on their age and experience level.

Course Length: 5 weeks

Starts: 03 June 2024

Ends: 06 July 2024

Ages: 10 to 16 years old

The Big Questions Course Overview

The Big Questions Course Overview

Week 1: Should billionaires exist?

Week 2: Are designer babies the future of the human race?

Week 3: Can we end homelessness?

Week 4: Is democracy dying?

Week 5: Are we headed towards a surveillance state? 

More Than Just a Debate Club...

Once registered, you and your child will gain access to an exclusive dashboard where you can monitor your child's progress, receive personalised feedback from their mentors and track their Certificates, badges and awards. You will also gain access to our Learning Zone, which contains a wealth of videos, activities, worksheets, and resources from our mentors to help consolidate and develop your child's learning in between sessions.

  • Bonus Learning Resources

    Virtual Learning Zone packed full of videos, activities and worksheets.

  • Badges & Awards

    Badges & awards to recognise specific instances of progress.

  • Certificate of Completion

    Personalised Certificate at the end of every level.

  • Detailed Progress Reports

    Personalised feedback from your child's mentor.

  • Safe & Secure

    The highest safeguarding procedures, with all staff DBS checked & trained.

  • End of Term Competition

    Exciting Debate Competition or group project at the end of term.

Club Times

Once you have bought your child's place, you will be asked to choose a club time out of the options below. We will then personally match your child to the ideal group for them, based on their age, experience and preferences.

Session Times

  • Mondays - 12:30 PM (EST)
  • Saturdays - 05:30 AM (EST)

Termly Calendar

Sessions are held on the following weeks

  • 1
    03 June 2024
  • 2
    10 June 2024
  • 3
    17 June 2024
  • 4
    24 June 2024
  • 5
    01 July 2024

Our Guarantees

83% of our students reported they feel more confident speaking up in class since joining Debate Mate.

Our sessions run for one hour at the same time each week (or 45-minutes for our juniors clubs). You can choose the club time that suits you best from the slots available.

All of our staff are trained in child safeguarding practices and have Enhanced DBS Checks completed prior to working with us. Every club is led by 2 DBS checked mentors.

Your child will develop their communication skills, confidence, critical thinking and teamwork using a range of group activities and games.

To help you book with confidence, we offer a full money back guarantee in the unlikely event that your child doesn’t enjoy their first session.

Ages 6-8: 6 students per club.
Ages 8+: 8 students per club.

Every club is led by 2 DBS checked mentors.

We have 9 sequential levels to our Fundamentals of Debating Pathway. Students are automatically allocated to the next level up when they re-enroll.

No debating experience is required for our Level 1 course, which all new students are automatically allocated to. If your child is an experienced debater, and would like to start out on a higher level, please get in touch via [email protected]

Ages 6-8: Sessions are 45 minutes long.
Ages 8+: Sessions are 1 hour long.

We ask that you log in to the session 5 minutes early to check your video and audio settings before the club begins.

Once you have bought your child’s place, you will be asked to choose a club time out of the range of options available for that course. You can double check the times available on the course page.

Your child will then attend their club at the same each week for the duration of the term. If you can no longer make your chosen club time, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Our courses cost £20 per session.

True to our social purpose, we provide a number of discounts to make our courses accessible to children from all backgrounds. If you are worried about accessing our courses, please get in touch and our team will do our best to provide the right type of support.

  • We offer an 80% discount for low income families - UK residents eligible for Universal Credit or non-UK residents eligible for an equivalent scheme in their home country. Email us for a discount code.
  • We offer a 20% discount for the children of NHS staff, social workers, police officers, armed forces and teachers. Email us for a discount code.
  • We offer sibling discounts - 7.5% off the 2nd child, 15% off the 3rd child and 22.5% off the 4th child. This discount is automatically applied at checkout.

To help you book with confidence, we offer a full money back guarantee in the unlikely event that your child doesn’t enjoy their first session. We ask that if you have any concerns or are unhappy with the level of service, to get in touch and we will do our best to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

You can request a full refund at any time up until the end of Week 1 by emailing us at [email protected]

Due to the nature of our eBook products, we are unable to offer refunds for eBooks.

All Debate Mate sessions are hosted on Zoom and can be accessed securely through the Debate Mate portal. You just need to login to your account and hit the ‘Join Now’ button.

The Debate Mate Learning Zone is a complementary database of catch-up and consolidation resources that your child has access to alongside their Debate Mate club. If they miss a session, there is a wealth of videos, activities and games to help catch them up on that week’s content.

A member of our team is always on hand to help during club times. If you run into any issues, you can email us at [email protected] or call us on 020 3398 5644 and we’ll do our best to help you get connected.

Yes, Debate Mate is an approved activity provider. Our courses are suitable for the Bronze, Silver and Gold skills sections of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Please let us know before the start of term if you would like Debate Mate to act as your Skills Assessor.

We will keep you updated about your child’s club via email. You will be emailed our Parent’s Newsletter each week, and at the end of term, you will receive a detailed progress report from your child’s mentors.

If you don’t seem to be receiving our emails, please check your junk / spam folder and add [email protected] to your address book.

The Big Questions

Book with confidence: money-back guarantee if you change your mind after Week 1!


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