Concern Debate Finals in the Helix Theatre. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.Concern Debate Finals in the Helix Theatre. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.Concern Debate Finals in the Helix Theatre. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

Get your school involved

Get your school involved

Registration for the Concern Debates 2022-2023 Competition is now open. 

Register for the Concern Debates programme (post primary)

Please include details of other teachers/staff members who will be assisting you with the Concern Debates Programme.

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Please indicate your agreement to the following requirements:

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions as it details key pieces of information about the Concern Debates Programme.

Thank you for your interest! We will keep your details on file so we can contact you about arranging the Concern Debates Programme. We usually follow up with schools/teachers every one to two years to see if they want to re-register with the Concern Debates Programme.  

If you don’t, or you want us to stop contacting you, you can let us know at any time! To find out more, please view our privacy statement.

If you have applied to take part in this year's competition, our Debates Team will be in touch very soon to confirm your place on the programme and provide next steps and training dates. 

For more information on how to join our mailing list, please contact debates@concern.net

Adjudicators at the 2018 Concern Debates Final. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Adjudicators at the 2018 Concern Debates Final. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates 2017-2018 Semi Final Adjudicators (L-R Emmanuel George, Sandra Marie Donohoe, Marie Griffin. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates 2017-2018 Semi Final Adjudicators. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debate finalists 2019. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debate finalists 2019. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
St. Kilian's German School at the Concern Debate Finals 2018. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
St. Killian's German School at the Concern Debate Finals 2018. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

Stages explained

Here are the several stages of the Concern Debates.

Registration

Registration for the Concern Debates usually begins before schools close for the summer holidays and continues into early September. Please note that completing the registration form does not automatically guarantee a place on the programme. A Concern Debates staff member will be in touch to let you know if your application is successful. Then your Debates journey can begin!

League Phase

Knockout Stage

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals

National Finals

Our debaters have their say

Some of our past debaters talk us through how the Concern Debates gave them valuable life skills, while also offering words of wisdom to current debaters.

Video training

New to Debating? Not sure how to structure your speech and gain top marks? Check out the students from Portmarnock Community School below. The full training series can be followed on YouTube or our materials page.

Each video highlights where the students are getting marked and are a good introduction to get acquainted with the marking sheet.

I’ve learned a lot of new skills. Last year, I was stuttering over myself while making an English presentation. Now I can go into a room and speak in front of 100 people and not be nervous at all.

2017 debate participant
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