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Sixth Formers offer bright ideas at Parliament Week

Our Lower Sixth students were delighted to be invited by Cardiff University Politics & International Relations Department to the Pierhead Building on Tuesday to participate in a ‘Parliament Week’ workshop.  Seventeen students were divided into three groups to discuss ways to increase youth participation in politics.  The proposals of our teams will now be submitted to the Political Studies Association for consideration at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster.  The students enjoyed the opportunity to question their established notions of government and parliament and to explore ways in which politics could be made more engaging for young people.  Discussion touched on such topics as the need for greater focus on politics in schools, the controversial notion of compulsory voting and the need for young people to have greater access to politicians to express their views.

St John’s College would like to express its sincere thanks to Dr Stephen Thornton and his colleagues at Cardiff University for organising and leading the workshop and for so kindly providing lunch.

Peter (L6th) commented: ‘The event greatly helped me to understand the role of parliament.  It is very important for young people to think about politics and the event gave me an insight into how we could improve our government.’

Olivia (L6th) said: ‘It made me aware that there is so much more to politics.  I also now realise how difficult it is for the government to try and increase participation in the political system and how vital political knowledge is for young people’.

Mr J. Neville

13 October 2015

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