The Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament 2018/2019 is now underway. 

After debating for and against the motion 'This house would abolish the National Minimum Wage', 16 Scottish high schools are progressing to the semi-final heats:


  • The High School of Dundee
  • Balfron High School
  • Lanark Grammar School
  • St Andrew's Academy
  • Broxburn Academy
  • St George's School for Girls
  • St Margaret's School for Girls
  • Inverkeithing High School
  • Perth High School
  • Peebles High School
  • St Andrew's & St Bride's High School
  • Bearsden Academy
  • Clifton Hall School
  • The High School of Glasgow
  • Thurso High School
  • Woodfarm High School


Semi-final rounds will take place on Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 14 March and we'll let you know our final four as soon as possible!

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:


Registrations will be acknowledged and further information relating to the draw will be sent out after the closing date.

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!