Saltash Students make their mark

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in News | No Comments

More than a thousand students at Saltash Community School have taken part in the UK Youth Parliament’s annual vote on which issues they should debate and campaign on. Each year around a million young people take part, and Saltash has participated for several years.

This year ‘protect the environment’ was by far the most popular UK wide issue at Saltash, with nearly 60% of the vote, followed by votes at 16 and then tackling hate crime. In the vote for issues specific to England ‘knife crime’ came out top followed by ‘young people’s mental health’ and then ‘tackling child poverty’. Students also had the option to write in a local issue they would like to see tackled and the environment was again a strong theme here with ’litter’, ‘plastic pollution’ and ‘climate change’ all amongst the most popular suggestions.

The vote forms part of the social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMSC) programme at the school and ties into work the students have been doing on British Values, including democracy.

Adam Killeya, who leads on the school’s SMSC and British Values provision, said ‘it was great to see how many students took part, and very interesting that the environment featured so strongly following on from our recent Environment and Climate Change day.’

Students from 8PT count the votes