The World Debate Club has officially started in several colleges across London. We are currently running clubs in Barking and Dagenham College, City and Islington College, Tech City College, Lambeth College and Queen's Park Community School, and Avanti House School. Sooner, these number will be double when New City College (Hackney and Tower Hamlets campuses), Ealing Hammersmith and West London College (Hammersmith and Ealing campuses), and LeSoCo begins the World Debate Club in their respective colleges in October.

October 02, 2017

Join iDebate to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in the UK. The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts. It was a milestone and the start of the slow march over the last half century towards legal equality with heterosexuals. As it was fifty years ago it is worth rejoicing in the progress that has taken place. The change may have stopped people in the UK going to jail for homosexuality but it did little to prevent discrimination. It is only in the last decade that gay marriage has become legal.

September 11, 2017

Join us on the 9th October for an introduction to race through the medium of debate. It will be the first of our monthly preparation and best practice sessions for IDEA fellows. With October being Black History Month iDebate’s World Debate Clubs will also be focused on debating issues around race and discrimination.

September 11, 2017

Are you attending freshers at a London College over the next few weeks? If so then there is a reasonable chance that you will have an opportunity to sign up to the World Debate Club.

Where will we be?

September 08, 2017

So you want to coach debate? If so then catch one of IDEA UK's introductions to coaching debate in September and October. 

As an IDEA Fellow we give you the opportunity to give young women, children, and minorities a chance to have a voice in society. The opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills. And the opportunity to promote the ideals you believe in such as human rights, equality and diversity. 

August 25, 2017

This week, as an intern, I was invited to attend two training sessions which were held for the future debating trainers who will be taking part in the World Debate Club. This was an opportunity for me to learn more about the World Debate Club through the different debating workshops. During these sessions, I met students and working professionals, with various backgrounds in debating, as we gathered together in a very central location by Leicester Square in London.

Debate Masterclass

July 27, 2017

Do you believe young women and girls should have a voice? That minorities should be empowered? In human rights and social mobility? Or in British values of free speech and democracy? Then join us in developing a debate club.

July 20, 2017

iDebate was very pleased to be invited to take part in Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College’s Learner Voice 2017. A day long student conference Learner Voice focused on the power of voicing ideas and opinions. Numerous organisations taught students from the College about public speaking, activism, and how to organise a campaign. iDebate’s contribution was of course how to structure arguments and engage in debate.

May 27, 2017

Every year Hackney Community College runs a Student Conference with a wide variety of activities, meetings, and workshops and this year IDEA UK was there. Trainer Bien King and Programmes Manager Alex Helling lead sessions throughout the day. Training on the basics of debate took place in the morning with 8 participants. There were discussions on the consequences of the recent terrorist attack on Westminster; should it be used to justify giving more powers to the police over messaging applications such as whatsapp?

March 31, 2017

In June 2016, iDebate’s Disenfranchised Voices programme enabled 150 young people to debate at the Palace of Westminster. The debate education programme ( for young people aged 14-24yrs from schools and F.E Colleges in London) culminated in a fierce debate around the EU Referendum.

We are now organising a new debate in the Houses of Parliament on the evening of April 26th 2017 which will see students debate lowering the voting age to 16 in front of an audience of politicians, policy makers and dignitaries.

March 03, 2017