Paignton Academy to contribute to the UK’s largest youth consultation

Paignton Academy is again taking part in this year’s Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country. Following the campaign, the top issues will be brought to the attention of Government Ministers, including the newly appointed Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran MBE, who has taken on responsibility for youth policy.

The annual ballot, which has taken place since 2011, will give young people aged 11-18 the chance to select one UK-wide issue, one devolved issue and give them the opportunity to identify an issue in their local communities. The ballot includes issues such as knife crime, the environment, mental health in schools and hate crime.

In 2018, more than 1.1 million young people from every corner of the country took part.

Voting will take place through ballot papers in many schools and youth centres throughout the UK, including Paignton Academy. Ten topics will be available to choose from on the Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament in their November debate, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

This year the topics to vote for are the following:

UK Topics

  • Protect the Environment
  • Votes at 16
  • Tackling Hate Crime
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Welcome Refugees


Devolved Topics

  • Curriculum to Prepare Us for Life
  • Tackle Child Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Stop Street Harassment
  • Put an End to Knife Crime


Click here for results from Paignton Academy. National results to follow.

For further details on the UK Youth Parliament please refer to:

Link to video of the topic choices





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