Debate Mate mentor application

Debate Mate are recruiting a new wave of intelligent, inspiring and passionate mentors. Do you want to change the lives of young people around the world? Then mentoring for Debate Mate is just for you! 

About Us

Debate Mate aims to tackle educational disadvantage in some of Britain’s most deprived communities. It does this by recruiting and training university students to run extra-curricular debate workshops in schools with an above average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals. Our programmes increase speaking and listening attainment and improve a range of higher-order thinking skills and non-cognitive abilities such as confidence, teamwork, and leadership. In doing so, our programmes address the widening skills gap between education and employment, whilst raising aspirations and helping students to make informed post-18 choices.

Why mentor for Debate Mate? 

Mentoring for Debate Mate is the perfect paid volunteering opportunity for university students. You’ll make a tangible difference to young people’s lives, gain CV-boosting skills, and exposure to our partner organisations who are always looking for graduates to hire! The best thing? You don’t need any previous teaching or debating experience! 

💪 MAKE A DIFFERENCE and inspire the next generation!

📄 ENHANCE YOUR CV by developing employability skills, such as leadership and communication.

💷 Earn £20/TEACHING SESSION changing the lives of young people around the world!

🤝 Grow your NETWORK! Meet our partners and other inspiring mentors.

📆 We FIT AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE so you can work as much or as little as you like.

Sounds amazing – how do I get started?

You can SIGN UP HERE and tell us a little bit about yourself. You will then be invited to attend one of our 1.5 hour assessment sessions. If successful, you will then attend a training session where we will prepare you to teach our programme. Once you have completed the training, you will be allocated a school close to where you live and you will start mentoring. —

Amber Hollis
Programme Director (Manchester) | Debate Mate Schools Ltd. 
M: 07378 324997
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“Debate Mate is a wonderful organisation which inspires children. The debating groups and training programmes are first class.” 

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Former Chief Inspector, Ofsted

DEBATE MATE SCHOOLS LTD is a registered UK charity, no: 1121222