Youth Elections Give Students A Voice For Social Change

Tollbar Academy and Sixth Form College Youth Parliament Elections. Josh Davison (right) Year 8, posts his vote, watched by (l-r) Luke Burgess (Year 13), Ethan Hutchins (Year 10) and Will Coppock (Year 13).

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students and Tollbar Academy students have been taking part in the Youth Parliament Elections, 'Your Voice, Your vote campaign,' which ensures that they have a voice in and outside of school.

The Year 7-13 students all took part in class debates in Citizenship and tutorial sessions, discussing issues which will be raised at Youth Parliament. Everyone then took part in the voting.

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. Last year Tollbar Sixth Form students saw the highest voting turn out in the region, collectively prioritising the issues of knife crime and mental health. The result of the voting saw a range of strategies implemented including knife crime question times with Humberside police, NE Lincs councillors and managers.

Linda Willoughby, Curriculum Leader for Citizenship and Careers at Tollbar Academy, said: "It's important that all students get the chance to vote for issues that affect their lives. Students learn about democracy in Citizenship lessons.

"The students already have a voice within school, as we have an elected School Council. Members are voted in by students each year, who then deal with school issues. The Youth Parliament ensures that they are heard outside of school too," she said.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Principal

Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson