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Youth Parliament and Make your Mark

Make Your Mark and the Youth Parliament 

Make Your Mark Campaign 

The Make Your Mark Campaign is an annual ballot that enables young people to have their say on a range of issues that are affecting society. The five most popular issues go forward to the National Youth Parliament for debate in the House of Commons. 

In 2016 nearly 1million young people (11-18) voted across the UK in this ballot. Over 1,200 students from Tapton voted in the Make Your Mark Campaign!  The winning topic nationally was a ‘curriculum for life’ that would better prepared young people for their life after school. This was followed by tackling racism and religious discrimination, transport, lowering the voting age to 16, and stopping cuts to the NHS. 

The Make Your Mark Campaign is also an integral part of our PSHE programme and the areas covered on citizenship and democracy. 

 

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The National Youth Parliament 

The UK Youth Parliament is a youth organisation, consisting of democratically elected members aged between 11 and 18. Formed in 2000, the parliament has around 600 members, who are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers. 

The National Youth Parliament is split into representatives from towns and cities and smaller forums within those areas.  For example, Sheffield has the Sheffield Youth Cabinet and within this are the North, South, East and West Forums that represent local communities. Tapton School resides in the ‘West Forum’. Candidates are voted in to represent their forum within their Youth Cabinet in their town or city. Through a further selection process there is one elected member from Each Youth Cabinet that represents their town or city within the National Youth Parliament that meet in the House of Commons. 

How students can become involved 

Students can nominate themselves, propose their own manifesto and design their own election campaign. Nominations can be entered from November to December each year. An organisation called Sheffield Futures coordinate this process through the Sheffield schools. Students are then given the opportunity to vote during early February for the candidate of their choice through a formal ballot process. 

This year three students from Tapton have been successful at gaining a position on the West Forum with the opportunity to gain selection to represent Sheffield in the National Youth Parliament. 

 

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