“I have found that students have grown significantly in confidence through their involvement in these debates.”

Teacher, Marr College

Competition resources

Welcome to our 2018-19 Competitions Resources Page. Here you will find all the details of our competitions and training for the coming year. This will be updated as the competitions progress.

We have a busy year ahead and we’d love you to get involved with our competitions, training and activities. Information on this year’s competitions can be found below. We look forward to working with you over the coming year!

Training & workshops

If your school is new to debating or public speaking, please get in touch – we would be more than happy to help. We offer a range of CPD programmes for teachers and workshops for pupils, covering everything from advanced competitive debating, to the use of debating as a teaching tool in the classroom. More information can be found on our CPD page and pupil workshops page.


If you would like to be a judge for our competitions we’d be delighted. We especially welcome applications from teachers and senior pupils, so please do get in touch. We will provide training for judges. For more information, please see our Judging page.

2018-19 Competition resources

Welcome to our 2018-19 Competitions!

Entry for the 2018-19 competitions has now closed. For more information on the progress of the competitions, please look at the pages for each of our programmes.

Other useful documents:

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2018-19 Debating Calendar

Key dates for heats for 2018-19 competitions, including the Schools’ Mace, SSD Juniors’ and Donald Dewar Debating Competitions.

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SSD Juniors' Debating Competition

The 2018-19 Juniors’ Debating Competition is organised by Scottish Schools Debating (SSD).

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Law Society Donald Dewar Debating Tournament

For more information about the 2018-19 Donald Dewar Debating Tournament, please contact the Law Society of Scotland.

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