The Concern Debates would not happen without our amazing team of volunteers across the country.
Among our family of volunteers are the adjudicators. There are three adjudicators at each debate: one chief and two assistants. They mark students according to the Concern Debates marking sheet.
We are always looking for new adjudicators to join our amazing network. Generally, adjudicators will attend one debate per month during the school year, but they are free to adjudicate at as few or as many debates as they wish.
No expertise is required to become an adjudicator but an open mind is essential. You must be able to see both sides of an argument and be able to give constructive, positive feedback.
Full training is provided for each volunteer adjudicator and Concern will happily provide a reference for each volunteer who participates.
When a Debate is happening in your area, you will be contacted by us to check if you are free to adjudicate. If you are then available to adjudicate, Concern will send you all the details of the debate, such as venue and motion. Debates generally begin at 8pm and are over by 9pm.
After the open forum session, the chief adjudicator will give some feedback on the debate, going over various parts of the marking sheet and offering advice for future debates.
They will then announce that the motion has been carried (won by the proposition) or defeated (won by the opposition).