Young Thinkers Summer School

In our two-day Young Thinkers Summer School we use thought experiments, debates and discussions to sharpen students’ analytical skills, introduce them to new ideas, and give them the confidence they need to argue effectively.

The subjects we discuss will range from topical issues, to moral problems from everyday life, to big questions which have plagued philosophers for centuries such as the nature of truth and reality.

There is no right answer – only the ability to ask the right questions, a range of methods to tackle them with, and the requirement to think logically and give reasons for your arguments. Informal group discussions allow students to get to grips with some challenging ideas in a relaxed environment.

Seminar debates on moral issues such as “Is it wrong to steal if I am poor and hungry?”, “Can it ever be right to kill one person if you save lots of others?”, “Should the government ban smoking?”, “Is animal testing in the name of science OK?”

Interactive thought experiments tackling issues such as “How do we know if we’re dreaming” and “What makes me the same person I was yesterday?”

An introduction to logic and critical thinking.

See a schedule for the course here.

Our tutors – graduates in philosophy and related disciplines from top universities – are friendly, approachable, and experienced working with this age group. Working with small groups, they will help students navigate through these fascinating and complex debates, and will explain the issues at the right pace for them.

For full practical and booking details just scroll down past the reviews.

In our two-day Young Thinkers Summer School we use thought experiments, debates and discussions to sharpen students’ analytical skills, introduce them to new ideas, and give them the confidence they need to argue effectively.

The subjects we discuss will range from topical issues, to moral problems from everyday life, to big questions which have plagued philosophers for centuries such as the nature of truth and reality.

There is no right answer – only the ability to ask the right questions, a range of methods to tackle them with, and the requirement to think logically and give reasons for your arguments. Informal group discussions allow students to get to grips with some challenging ideas in a relaxed environment.

Seminar debates on moral issues such as “Is it wrong to steal if I am poor and hungry?”, “Can it ever be right to kill one person if you save lots of others?”, “Should the government ban smoking?”, “Is animal testing in the name of science OK?”

Interactive thought experiments tackling issues such as “How do we know if we’re dreaming” and “What makes me the same person I was yesterday?”

An introduction to logic and critical thinking.

See a schedule for the course here.

Our tutors – graduates in philosophy and related disciplines from top universities – are friendly, approachable, and experienced working with this age group. Working in small groups, they will help students navigate through these fascinating and complex debates and will explain the issues at the right pace for them.

‘I think this course was really useful and fun as I got the opportunity to learn and contemplate new mind-boggling philosophies which are absolutely fascinating and I will carry on throughout my life. I also was given the chance to voice some of my views, which I don’t usually have elsewhere or even at school, which built up my confidence and ability to debate! The teacher was great and really friendly. I would recommend this course for everyone!’

‘The topics were fab and the teaching was great. It felt great to burn up my energy by debating in a positive way and feel able to share my opinions with people who listen. Everyone was really friendly and I had a great time. I would really recommend this day to any of my friends!!’

‘This course, while mind-bending in the extreme, was still very enjoyable and in fact one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done all holiday.’

‘You meet many new friends, while laughing and learning. When you go back to school, you’ll be much better without noticing. So come!’

‘This course, while mind-bending in the extreme, was still very enjoyable and in fact one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done all holiday.’

‘You meet many new friends, while laughing and learning. When you go back to school, you’ll be much better without noticing. So come!’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The Young Thinkers Summer School is open to students aged 11 – 14, and will take place 29th – 30th July, and repeated 12th – 13th August 2021.

The online course is two days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break. 

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for this course is £180, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

To book your place for the online Young Thinkers Summer School, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.