HNC recently welcomed Year 10 students from Salendine Nook High School (SNHS) for a specialist and engaging politics focussed workshop, aimed at encouraging local young people to engage with their democratic rights and use their voice to make positive change.
Delivered by HNC’s A Level Politics teacher, Nina Attridge, the group joined us at College to discover more about the national political scene – a topic that directly links to their GCSE Citizenship studies. The session stretched and challenged students, seeing them develop their knowledge about how the government works, what impact the government has on us as citizens and how by using their vote they can directly influence the world we all live in. During the session, students took part in a quiz which tested their knowledge on topics such as who the Leaders of our main political parties are, the differences between the roles of the elected and the opposition parties, and how parties from across the political spectrum shape the laws and policies that impact us all.
Later in the session, the group took part in an activity to review 8 different political policies, linked to current issues in the media, with policies relating to homelessness, asylum seekers, and the Covid inquiry. Students then identified which political party they thought wrote each policy, with the group invited to share their opinions on whether they thought the policies aligned with their own beliefs. Finally, the group worked together to identify how as young people they could engage with politics – even though they were not yet able to register to vote – and the importance of ensuring their voice is heard democratically.
Nina Attridge, comments “What a brilliant session – I am incredibly impressed with the knowledge the group brought to the session, and it was clear to me that our local young people are engaged with politics, both locally and nationally. Though the group were not yet old enough to register to vote, we discussed how there were still plenty of ways in which young people can ensure their voices are heard – and the wide range of careers that are available to students within politics. I hope that this session has inspired the group to consider a career in Politics!”.
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