Schools Guide

If you are interested in getting in contact with a Debating Science Issues partner in your area then please click on your province below:
















Handbook for Participating Schools

You can download the DSI Handbook 2015 which has lots of useful information for schools that wish to take part in DSI. It will tell you how to get involved with the program and how to book your place in the competition.

You can also review the debate rules and guidelines and study the rubric that the adjudicators will use to mark the teams.

We conducted a survey after our workshops in which a total of 534 students took place, the results can be viewed here. We also received feedback from collaborators after the all Ireland final which you can read here.


What teachers are saying

Students are more aware of the science around them. The topics are relevant to the students’ everyday lives’. 

It shows them how varied and exciting science is and how relevant it is to all aspects of their lives’.

Issues raised are so interesting that they became ‘hot topics’ in the classroom with curriculum’.

‘Science in extracurricular activities has them more interested in science’.

‘It brings science out of the classroom and into the real world.’


Teacher feedback about DSI

Below is a word cloud showing the most popular words from the feedback we received from teachers who took part in the DSI programme: