Free Capacity Building Workshop 

iDebate are proud to announce it's latest Train the Trainer workshop with the Tony Blair Global Institute on Essential Dialogue Skills for the classroom. This workshop is aimed at youth professionals, debate coaches and educators. If you are interested in developing a tolerant diverse society through debate and dialogue then please join us on the 24th of May.


The workshop will cover

IDEA UK's regular training session for coaches will next be taking place on the 15th March.

It will be split into two parts. First a half hour (18:00-18:30) specifically for new coaches exploring iDebate's World Debate Club programme and what volunteering as a coach for IDEA UK involves.

The second half (18:30-20:00) will be introducing a programme run by IDEA Netherlands on a range of European themes (not just brexit!) It will of course include our usual chance to have a debate and discssion around the topic as well as best practice sharing on how to run debate clubs.

For those who feel deprived of their usual dose of debating during half term Duncan Crowe will be running a session at Tech City College that any member of our debate clubs are welcome to attend. Since we have a public debate on 'Should the airbrushing of women’s bodies in the media be banned?’ near the start of March this will be the topic of the training. 

Join us for the next in our series of IDEA Fellows debate trainings. We will be focusing on the topic of body image and the sometimes pernicious influence of the media and what can be done about it as our topic for February is Should the airbrushing of womens' bodies in the media be banned?

The session will take place in Tech City College on the 8th February from 18:00 (for anyone new) or from 18:30 if you have already been introduced to the programme.

Learn how to judge debates with iDebate on the 5th December. It will be an engaging evening for anyone who is interested in the art of listening to other’s speeches and weighing up the relative merits of various competing arguments. The art of judging is different from that of debating so even if you are too shy to debate, or not good with public speaking, do give it a go.

The Great Debaters Competition is the annual showpiece of the Great Debaters Club, a social enterprise that trains its members to broaden their perspective by defending opinions other than their own.

The competition aims to offer a platform to organisations that are striving to change social attitudes towards an idea considered to be controversial, taboo, or simply ahead of its time by inviting them to decide the topics our members will debate, irrespective of their own personal opinions on them.

Do you want to brush up your public speaking and training skills? iDebate in the UK will be running our monthly masterclass with a focus on public speaking and public debates on the 7th November. The topic for the month is LGBT rights as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality. Attitudes in the UK have come on by leaps and bounds since then but where do we go next? What are the issues for the LGBT community over the next 50 years? That will be what we will be discussing in this session.

Are you:

If you are in London and want to help iDebate then come along to IDEA UK's training on Thursday 19th October. We will be introducing university students to how they can volunteer with iDebate, the programme here in the UK, and why it is good for you to volunteer with us. 

The training wil take place from 15:00-17:00 at Tech City College - nearest Angel and Old Street tube stations (northern line bank branch).

October is Black History Month. In order to celebrate this IDEA UK's debates in Colleges and Schools that make up the World Debate Club will be focused on race and human rights. We will acknowledge and celebrate the inspirational civil rights struggle and discuss how to challenge ongoing racism in society today. What is more it is the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK and we want you to lead our clubs in joining in the celebrating of this event to inspire and encourage anyone in the black, asian and minority ethnic community.

Fellows training

Join IDEA UK's community of Fellows and provide opportunities to marginalised young people around London. 

We want to fuel the power of persuasion and empower the next generation to have their voice heard. For that we need your help. We need debate coaches to help us run and develop our World Debate Clubs in FE Colleges and Schools. These clubs train young people in how to debate, how to structure arguments, and help give them the self confidence to speak in public.