The England Schools Debating Team
Debate England, part of National Debate Team, is responsible for the selection and coaching of the national schools debating team for England, and for England's proud tradition of success at the World Schools Debating Championships since 1988.
Team England is one of the most successful countries in the world: we won the tournament in 2014 and 2016, and the best speaker in the world came from England in 2014 and 2017.
Meet the team
We are delighted to announce Team England 2023! Representing us at the World Schools Debating Championships this year will be... Alexander Chan, Alexander McCallum, Ellie Bean, Maya Kapila and Olivia Carp!
Meet the coaches
Our development squads
As part of National Debate Team's commitment to widening access to world-class debate coaching and ensuring that the national team is truly representative of England's school debaters, Debate England operates six development squads, of six students each, to support those who show potential to develop their skills ready for the next round of selections.
Each squad, of six students, will receive 18 hours of world class coaching from one of our expert mentors, will be invited to every Team England general knowledge lecture, and will practice against the team.
Debate England's management
Debate England is run by the National Debating Committee for England, chaired by the Team Manager, Andrew Fitch. The committee and all its activities are an integral part of National Debate Team, a registered charity.