Scenes from the 2016-2017 Concern Debates Final, The Helix, Dublin. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.Scenes from the 2016-2017 Concern Debates Final, The Helix, Dublin. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.Scenes from the 2016-2017 Concern Debates Final, The Helix, Dublin. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

Debate materials

Debate materials

Looking for information on the motions and how to get started? We’ve got a host of resources and videos to help both TEACHERS and STUDENTS find about more about the Concern Debates programme and how to prepare their speeches and score maximum marks! 

See below for our Motion, Teacher and Student support sections.

Contact debates@concern.net to ask the Concern Debates team any questions you may have or to find out more about our training sessions.

Motions 2022-2023

Our motions have just been announced for the 2022-23 Concern Debates Programme! We will have links and new podcasts to support each motion before the Concern Debates programme kicks off in October. Watch this space!

  • GMOs are necessary in the fight to end world hunger
  • Climate activists must give up eating meat
  • HIV and AIDS in the global south is the ‘forgotten pandemic'

Check out our handy research links on our Trello Board to get your debates team started! https://trello.com/b/R0OVemw4/concern-debates

Teacher Section

Concern Debates Teacher Tips Video

Just signed up for the Concern Debates but not sure where to begin? Watch our training video below which takes you step by step through the process.

Former teacher Linda Golden gives some advice for new teachers

Former teacher and current adjudicator Linda Golden shares some of her tips for teachers on approaching the Concern Debates programme.

Concern Debates Teacher Resources

Check out our range of Concern Debates resources below where you will find information on how to structure a speech, what adjudicators are looking for, the roles of timekeeper and chairperson and what’s involved with refutation and rebuttal.

You will also find information on how to access the online debates platform - where you upload your recorded debates during the league phase.

We would strongly encourage teachers to read all the material below as it will greatly help the chances of your team progressing in the programme.

Concern Debates Student Resources

Just joined the Concern Debates team and not sure what to expect? Check out our final from 2022!

You can also check out this student training session from 2022...

Check out our range of Concern Debates resources below where you will find information on how to structure a speech, what adjudicators are looking for and some tips to help you and your team mates prepare!

We would strongly encourage students to read all the material below as it will greatly help the chances of your team progressing in the programme.

Debates podcasts and worksheets

Listen to our new podcast 'Debating Development'. The series aims to support teachers, student and adjudicators involved with the Concern Debates programme. Concern staff and former debaters are on hand to discuss top tips for succeeding in the competition and analysing some of the motions to give your team a head start!

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