Saltash Students Make Their Mark

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Students at had the chance last week to put their views across as part of a national project that will end up in Parliament.

The UK Youth Parliament is running the ‘Make Your Mark’ project for young people to choose the issue that they feel the strongest about, with the most popular choices being debated by all the Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) at Westminster.

Harry Samuels, the MYP for Plymouth who lives in Saltash, came to speak to students to explain the options and to encourage them to consider standing to be an MYP themselves.

Harry said, “It was fantastic to be welcomed so warmly by the staff and students at these past few days, and I was really pleased by how enthusiastically the students engaged in the process. I can confirm that I collected 1,026 ballot papers from the school, and it is fascinating to see the broad range of opinions within the student body, ranging from campaigning for a greener future for Britain to better information about apprenticeships. These young people have well and truly made their mark, and it was excellent to be approached by some students afterwards seeking more information about standing for the UK Youth Parliament, showing their desire to take an active role in leading in the community. Thank you Saltash!”

Dan Buckley, Deputy Head, who leads on student leadership within the school and took the assemblies with Harry, said, “To inspire young leaders you need to help them think big, believe in themselves and make things happen. Student leaders at are making a difference in their classes, year groups and whole school.  Harry inspired them to think beyond the school by showing how a local boy can help to lead national change.”

Adam Killeya, Head of Politics, who organised the assembly, added, “It’s great for the students to have the chance to give their views and know that they will be taken very seriously and even debated in parliament. This is a strong part of the school’s belief in community and active citizenship.”

The top three priorities for debate selected by students at were:

  1. More apprenticeships for young people
  2. Votes for 16 year olds
  3. Tackling youth unemployment