Debating Matters is a debating competition for schools and is a project of the Institute of Ideas, associated with the libertarian anti-environmental LM network. It was launched in 2003. Since 2008, there has been a Debating Matters competition in India, produced in partnership with the British Council and Shell.
In March 2011, it claimed "Over the past eight years, Debating Matters has involved over 12,000 students"
Topics guides provided to participating pupils include material from LM associated entities Academics for Academic Freedom, the Manifesto Club, Sense About Science and Spiked. These topics guides are offered as Key Stage 4 teaching resources by the Times Educational Supplement. Other material comes from sponsors Pfizer and Wellcome Trust, from industry associations and from free enterprise think tank, the Progress and Freedom Foundation. A recent project is the Research Councils UK funded Global Uncertainties Schools Network. Involvement in Debating Matters is offered as part of a Fulbright Award.more » « less