Love Island: a small-screen blessing or a reality TV curse?

Last summer, social media platforms and news outlets were awash with all things Love Island as the 2018 series made cultural waves. In light of this, we decided to ask our Secondary voters “Should your parents/carers watch Love Island with you?” As news broke this week that children as young as 8 have been ‘emulatingContinue reading “Love Island: a small-screen blessing or a reality TV curse?”

Three Primary school games to get your class engaged and listening  

This week, we’ve come up with three games for the Primary school classroom that encourage listening and turn-taking. These are ideal traits for circle time, when taking part in a PSHE discussion or if pupils are debating topical issues. We all know how excited a class can get when talking about something that is reallyContinue reading “Three Primary school games to get your class engaged and listening  “

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?”

Plastic: A Sea Change?

All the way back in October 2017, thousands of young voters shared their thoughts on ‘Will Blue Planet 2 convince people to use less plastic?’ The results were fairly unsurprising given David Attenborough’s sombre warnings at the end of each episode. As is often the way, primary pupils took a more optimistic view, while secondaryContinue reading “Plastic: A Sea Change?”

Balancing order and sensitivity: where to make exceptions with school uniform

Last week students debated whether they should be exempt from uniform rules if the policies conflicted with their beliefs. The debate was inspired by a recent news story about a Rastafarian boy being sent home for having dreadlocks. The issue proved to be a pertinent one, with another news story appearing in the week aboutContinue reading “Balancing order and sensitivity: where to make exceptions with school uniform”