After the success of the debating competitions last term, we’re happy to confirm that that Young Speakers Scotland will be running our full suite of events in 2025/2025.

Like last year, the first round of the Mace will be a prepared topic and the following two rounds will be impromptu. Preliminary rounds will take place on the 28th September & 5th October 2024. Entry to the Mace will cost £50 per school for state schools. For independent schools the cost is £60 for one team, and £30 for each additional team. The entry form to the Schools’ Mace can be found here.

Preliminary rounds for the Public Speaking Competition will take place in-person, in Edinburgh, on the 9th & 16th November 2024 for both junior and senior speakers. Entry for the Public Speaking Competition is £30 for one speaker and £15 for each additional speaker entered per school. The entry form to the Public Speaking Competition can be found here.

The St Andrew’s Day Debate will also be taking place on 30th November 2024Entry to the St Andrew’s Day Debate is free. Entry forms for the St Andrew’s Day Debate can be found here.

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The finals of the Schools Mace Competition 2023, held at the Faculty of Advocates.