Debate days

Debate days

Applications for 2017/2018 are now open

About debate days

The Supreme Court offers ten educational institutions from across the UK the opportunity to take part in a debate day every academic year.

Debate days at The UK Supreme Court

At the start of the day, students will be given an introductory tour of the Supreme Court to give them an overall understanding of its role and work followed by a short quiz. They are then split into groups ('for' and 'against' a legal question) where they work on constructing and formulating their argument assisted by Supreme Court staff and professional lawyers. A third group of students act as judges, considering the strength of the arguments put before them on the point of law at stake. The students are then given the unique opportunity to debate in one of the Supreme Court's courtrooms followed by a general Q&A session with a panel of lawyers.

Students are able to choose their preferred debate from a variety of topics, all of which relate to cases previously heard by the Supreme Court. Each debate enables students to not only look at the point of law raised in the case but also gives them an opportunity to debate the wider issue.

These workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn about the separation of powers, the role of the highest court in the land and the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court, in addition to developing their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Visiting times and entry information

Debate day workshops are intended for either GCSE or A Level (or equivalent) students and accommodate groups of up to a maximum of 25 students.

Debate days at The UK Supreme Court

Please note that all groups must ensure that there is a minimum of 15 students before booking and that there are two teachers available to accompany groups any larger than this.

Debate days take place on Fridays, once a month, from 11:00 to 15:00.

Debate day dates for academic year 2017/2018

  • 22 September 2017
  • 6 October 2017
  • 3 November 2017
  • 26 January 2018
  • 23 February 2018
  • 9 March 2018
  • 20 April 2018
  • 4 May 2018
  • 8 June 2018
  • 6 July 2018

How to apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read through the General Terms and Conditions below before completing your Application Form. You should return the completed form to Please note that only applications made using this form will be considered. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

We will let you know whether or not you have been successful by the end of March 2016 and then we will seek to accommodate you on a convenient date. As availability of preferred dates will be part of the selection process, we would ask that you are as detailed as possible in listing your preferred dates and any periods you would like us to avoid.

Please note that the debate days are aimed at accredited UK educational institutions. We are not able to accept applications from individual students or from overseas institutions.

For further information regarding our debate day programme please email us directly quoting 'debate day'.

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