Haverstock students want votes at 16!
Every year, the UK Youth Parliament holds a nationwide ballot called 'Make Your Mark'. It's the UK's largest youth consultation, coordinated by 550 young volunteers.
11 to 18 year olds from almost 900 schools, colleges and youth organisations are invited to have their say about the issues that really matter to them. In October, almost a million young people voted (1 in 6 of all 11–18 year olds!) – including Haverstock School students.
Our own team of student volunteers, pictured below, organised a school ballot where students could choose between five issues. The results are in! And overall the top 3 issues for Haverstock students were:
1 – Votes at 16 (this was the top issue for Y11 and 13)
2 – Work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds (the top issue for Y7, 8 and 9)
3 – A curriculum to prepare us for life (the top issue for Y10)
On 11 November, the results of the national ballot informed a debate in the House of Commons, where the UK Youth Parliament determined their priorities for 2018. They agreed with our own students' clear response: their main campaign will be aimed at lowering the voting age to 16.
And you can see how our vote compares to the national ballot results, on the Make Your Mark results programme below.