Meet the finalists...

The semi-final rounds of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2018/19 took place on Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 14 March in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and East Renfrewshire with pupils from 16 schools debating the motion - 'This House regrets the #MeToo movement'.

Semi-finals are particularly difficult for our debaters as the motion is announced one hour before the debate begins and the pupils are not allowed access to books, computers or mobile phones to prepare!

The grand final will take place on Thursday 6 June in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, to which all registered judges and semi-finalist teams are invited to attend.  This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for our finalists but also for all attending pupils who are provided the opportunity to sit in MSP chairs on the floor of the Debating Chamber to participate in the floor debate and potentially win a £50 book token.

The teams who made it through to our final are:

  • St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen
  • Balfron High School, Stirlingshire
  • Bearsden Academy, East Dunbartonshire, and
  • St Andrew's Academy, Renfrewshire

If you're interested in entering a team for next year's tournament please contact  If you're new to debating please let us know and we can send you information relating to setting up a debate club at your school. In the meantime, the 2018/19 tournament winner will be announced soon - stay tuned!

To mark the twentieth anniversary of our Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament, and 20 years of the Scottish Parliament, we’re inviting students to take part in the active floor debate at the tournament final in June.

You'll be given the exciting opportunity to sit in MSPs’ seats on the chamber floor and participate in the floor debate with the chance to win a prize.

Let us know if you’re interested.


Whether you are experienced or new to debating, get involved with Scotland's biggest high school debating competition today and help us celebrate it's 20th anniversary while learning and developing new skills!  David Blair, past participant and now a judge in the tournament, explains how being involved has helped him in his role as a solicitor:

How the debate works

Learn about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament format, rules and timescales.

Information for teams

Find out how to enter a team for the debate and read case studies from past competitors.

Information for judges

Whether you're a law student, a trainee, a practicing or retired solicitor or just love debating, we'd love to hear from you!