On International Women’s Day we should be celebrating women of the past and considering what next? With iDebate’s public debate ‘Should the airbrushing of women’s bodies in the media be banned?’ we took the latter course with a debate about fashion, the media, and the industries that encourage women, particularly young women, to believe they should strive to be prefect.

March 09, 2018

Improve your skills in debating European issues in our March training for Coaches. IDEA UK is part of a network of IDEA offices, one of which, IDEA Netherlands, is running a Europe for Citizens debating programme on issues connected to Europe through 2018 and into 2019. IDEA UK is part of it and we want you to take part in it too. While the biggest issue to do with Europe in the UK is Brexit that does not mean that it is what we have to debate – as a EU wide project most participants won’t be debating anything to do with Brexit so there is no obligation for us to do so.

March 01, 2018

iDebate starts off a new year by having a training session to teach you how to coach debate. The spring term for colleges and schools has started and iDebate’s clubs are beginning to restart after a break for Christmas. With a new term we need new coaches to help run our clubs, and by coming along to this training session you can find out how.

January 08, 2018

Tech City College hosted the first London iDebate Cup on Saturday. At iDebate we believe passionately in debate’s use as a tool to develop a wide range of very important skills for young people’s futures in employment. Skills like critical thinking (looking at your opponent’s arguments), creativity (how to attack that nicely buttressed debate point), analysis (make sure your arguments go in depth) as well as the obvious ones like communications and public speaking. As such our focus is on providing training, with the opportunity to debate in public.

December 11, 2017

Do you think ‘that labels such as ‘LGB and T’ are irrelevant in an increasingly gender fluid world.’? If your answer to that is ‘don’t know’ then you have missed out by not attending iDebate’s debate at City Hall on Wednesday 29th November. 

LGBT labels debate

December 01, 2017

If you have ever wondered how you might go about judging a debate, or related activities such as public speaking, then this is your chance to find out. IDEA UK trainer Duncan Crowe will be running a training on how you judge debates in preparation for the London iDebate Cup. Both the training and the competition are taking place in Tech City College.

November 27, 2017

It is 50 years on from the milestone Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales (Scotland was to follow later) and we are asking what progress will the next 50 years bring?

We will be debating the motion This House believes that labels like “LGB and T” will be irrelevant to future generations in our increasingly gender-fluid world.

November 10, 2017

We need you to vote to vote for World Debate Club in the annual Aviva Community Fund competiiton this year. If you do we could win upto £10k of funding to support four World Debate Club projects in London!

October 25, 2017

Are you in College and interested in brushing up vital skills such as building cases, analysing arguments, and speaking in public? Looking for a good engaging discussion on the issues that matter to you? Or simply want the opportunity to get across your ideas? Then join the World Debate Club!

October 24, 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

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