Debating Matters

Debating Matters seeks to offers a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. A national competition, run successfully since 2003, it takes ideas, argument and young people seriously. The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny.

This collection contains a series of topic guides that can be used to stimulate debate in the classroom and encourage participation in the Debating Matters competition. Topic guides in this collection look at subjects which include:

* animal experimentation
* clinical trials
* energy
* drugs in sport
* recycling
* space exploration
* organ donation


Access to Modern Medicine

Produced for the Debating Matters competition, this topic guide looks at the availability and access to medicines through the National Health Service. It helps students to discuss issues around access to healthcare. The materials looks at a range of factors that are considered when health services consider the use...


Produced for the Debating Matters, this topic guide contains background information, to encourage discussion and debate, on the issues associated with increased life expectancy.

Over the last 150 years, life expectancy in the UK has nearly doubled from 40 to 80 years and research indicates half of babies...

Animal Experimentation

Produced for the Debating Matters, this topic guide looks at the issues around using animals for medical research. The guide contains information, further reading and web links. It encourages students to gain a greater understanding of the topic and consider the issues around this controversial area.


Assisted Dying

This topic guide looks at the issue of assisted dying. Produced for the Debating Matters competition, this resource contains information, web links and further reading on this controversial area.

Supporters of assisted dying aim to give people the ability to control their destiny. Critics, both secular and...


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