Alcohol: Can young people lead the charge?

This week (11th-17th November) marks Alcohol Awareness Week, in which charities and experts are encouraging the general public to think about their drinking and the changes they could make. In September 2018, Secondary and College voters were asked about whether they thought British drinking culture was an embarrassment, while their Primary counterparts considered whether BritishContinue reading “Alcohol: Can young people lead the charge?”

Hulk smash Parliament?

In March this year, we asked students whether Brexit had ‘broken’ Parliament. The results, unlike those emerging from Parliament in recent weeks, were very conclusive. To quote a Secondary student: “Yes, just yes.” Since March, things have gone from bleak to bleaker for the UK political landscape. But just how much more broken is it? Continue reading “Hulk smash Parliament?”

Deeds and Words?

As will hopefully have not gone unnoticed, last year marked a century since the passage of the Representation of the People Act, with which the right to vote was extended to all men and certain women – around 8.4 million of them, to be exact. To commemorate this, we asked young people to consider how farContinue reading “Deeds and Words?”

Where’s the Party?

In May 2017, VotesforSchools asked students “Do we need a new political party?”, following a snap general election that saw voter fatigue soar. This same question could easily have been asked anytime in the last few weeks as well. It is not an overstatement to say that British politics is at its most turbulent inContinue reading “Where’s the Party?”

Will your pupils become the vegetarian generation?

In March, the VotesforSchools community voted on whether or not they would consider becoming a vegetarian in the future. Over 7,000 of our 4-19 year olds voted online and the results are worth digging into. According to Public Health England, 2% of both adults (19+) and children (1.5-18) reported they were vegetarian in a surveyContinue reading “Will your pupils become the vegetarian generation?”

Dispelling your students’ and your own pre-conceived ideas

This blog is written in memory of the great Hans Rosling, who taught us to base our knowledge of the world on reliable evidence rather than our own narrow views. Ever, an optimist, he helped millions to acknowledge that the world is becoming a better place