‘Make Your Mark Campaign’

Back in November we took part in the UK Parliament ‘Make Your Mark Consultation’ – helping the Redbridge Youth MP’s to decide what to debate in the House Commons.

As part of promoting British Values in our school, it is important that we embrace democracy and encourage the children to understand they have a voice and therefore the opportunity to decide which issues they would like discussed.

Park School for Girls has received a GOLD Award for achieving at least 70% turnout in support of the UK Youth Parliament. This is a great achievement and shows the importance of supporting our young people to speak about important issues and help them understand the importance of actively taking part in campaigns that fundamentally affect their lives in the future.

The top issues for Park School are:

‘Put an End to Knife Crime’, ‘Equal Pay, Equal Work’ and ‘Tackling Homelessness’. The total number of votes cast was 104. The turnout for Park School was 100% which is an excellent result. We are proud to say that we are a ‘Gold Award Secondary School’.

Make Your Mark (MYM) 2018 has been the most successful youth consultation both nationally and locally for Redbridge. 1,106,788 young people, aged 11-18, from across the country voted for “End Knife Crime” as the top priority, the top 5 issues were debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 9th November 2018.

Locally Redbridge has climbed to the top of the country with a turnout of 98%, 27,134 young people took part from 25 schools and sites across the Borough.

Top 5 local issues for Redbridge:

  • Put an end to Knife Crime
  • Mental Health
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • End Period Poverty
  • Curriculum for Life

John Bercow MP chaired the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Debate on Friday 9th November 2018. Nearly 300 elected young representatives took over the House of Commons, to debate the five issues, due to the devolved landscape of UK democracy and to ensure relevant representation of the issues for all nations, the top 2 UK wide topics and the top 3 devolved topics went forward to be debated. These issues were ‘Put an end to knife crime’, ‘Mental Health’, ‘Equal Pay, Equal Work’, ‘Tackling Homelessness’ and ‘Votes at 16’.