Primary school debates

Primary school debates

Debating is a great way of airing different points of view. Last year, over 400 primary schools were involved in debates nationwide.

Debates training

If you are a teacher who would like to receive debates training from Concern, you should contact your local education centre.

If you have any questions, please contact us below and a Concern member of staff will be in touch with further information.

Dublin Concern primary Debates Winners St Francis Xavier, Coolmine, Dublin 15. Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
Concern primary Debates Winners St Francis Xavier, Coolmine. Photo: Claire Marshall.
St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.

Previous debate motions

Below are the motions for the previous academic year, which should give you a taste of the wide variety of topics our debates cover.

  • Climate change is not our problem

  • Genetically modified food is essential in the fight against world hunger

  • To be serious about climate change is to give up eating meat

  • People should be fined for not recycling

  • Irish youth are doing their fair share to end poverty and hunger in the developing world

  • The Sustainable Development Goals will not be achieved by 2030

  • Food waste should be made illegal

  • We shouldn’t have water charges in Ireland

  • Ireland should do away with cars

  • Today’s children will inherit a better world

Video training

Unsure how to get your team started and what adjudicators will be looking for? Use our handy training video in conjunction with the marking sheet to help students understand the rules and regulations while also learning how to form a speech.

Primary debate resources

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