Each year, LSESU debate society host this tournament in the heart of the LSE campus. Debating is
increasingly recognised to improve public speaking, analytical skills and wider awareness of current affairs. The
competition represents an exciting opportunity for young debaters, of any level, to experience a large-scale
debating tournament where they will receive advice and feedback from some of the most experienced debaters
in the university circuit. Several participants have gone on to debate competitively at the university level to
The competition will take place on Saturday the 1st of December 2018. There will be four initial rounds of British
Parliamentary debating on a variety of topics, in which all participants will take part. After four rounds the four
teams who have performed best over the initial rounds will ‘break’ (progress) to the final. Subject to demand, we
will hold a novice final, designed for less experienced teams where both speakers are in their first year of
debating competitively and have not (yet) ‘broken’.
The schedule is below:
0845 Registration opens
0930 Registration closes, briefing begins
1000 Round 1
1145 Round 2
1415 Round 3
1615 Round 4
2000 Closing ceremony
2015 Expected end time
We will provide Dinner after the Final has taken place, however we are not able to provide lunch. We
recommend that participants either bring a packed lunch or some money to buy food at in one of the many
Please register here.
Registration will be £45 per team. There may be limited bursaries available to state schools who have
difficulty covering the cost of sending teams to this competition, schools new to debating, and schools outside
London; this is not guaranteed, you can apply through the signup form.
Information on payment will be emailed to you alongside confirmation of your team spots.
LSE Schools 2018 FAQs
Can I leave after a few rounds?
No, for a team to be eligible to make the final, they must have completed all four rounds. Teams should not
leave until all four rounds are completed, otherwise they will not be included on the rankings. If you absolutely
have to leave (in exceptional circumstances) you must tell the conveners.
Is there a dress code?
No, the uniform and dress of participants is entirely up to the discretion of the school.
What is allowed/disallowed during preparation?
Teams are allowed to use any pre-prepared written/printed materials they have brought with them to the
competition. They are not allowed to prepare with other teams, even from the same school, or to use any
electronic equipment except for timing. Teachers may observe students but they must not help the students
in anyway during preparation or the debate.
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