Education...is it working for you?
Young people debate education policy
HeadsUp online forum gives 11-18 year olds
a say on their education
15 November - 3 December 2010
The next HeadsUp online forum will be Education...is
it working for you? The forum is a chance for 11-18 year olds to
discuss the coalition's plans for education such as: free schools, changing the
national curriculum and the issues around university funding. They will debate
with young people up and down the UK as well as decision-makers
responsible for education policy.
Damien Hinds, MP for East Hampshire and a member
of the Education Select Committee will be debating with young people in the
forum. He said:
in education shapes young people's life chances - not just by giving
qualifications, but by its power to enrich and make us rounded citizens.
It is also of course vital for the future of the economy. We have to
ensure everyone gets the education that is right for them and makes the most of
their skills and talents, while also enjoying being young!"
The following key themes will be discussed in
the forum by young people and relevant politicians:
- Exams and subjects - are exams
really getting easier?
- What changes should be made to schools?
Do you have enough say in how your school is run? Are free schools a good
- Does your school have the right attitude to bullies? How do you think your school should
- Life post-16 - are you given enough options? Is there too much pressure to go to university? Should we have more
HeadsUp is an online debating space for 11-18 year-olds,
from the Hansard Society, to
discuss their views on political issues with their peers and influential
decision-makers. It aims to build young people's levels of political awareness
and participation so that they can play an effective role in the democratic
processes affecting their lives. HeadsUp is also a space politicians can use to
consult with young people and find out their ideas, experiences and opinions.
The HeadsUp forums are also used as a classroom resource by teachers and youth
- HeadsUp (http://www.headsup.org.uk/)
is an innovative website where 11-18 year olds debate political issues and
learn about the political process. The site is a non-partisan, cross-party
educational resource that provides a secure, structured and student-centred discussion platform.
- Two ways to register to
participate in HeadsUp:
- Young People - If you are under 18 and want to get in on the action
you need to complete the Student
Sign Up Form.
- Teachers/youth workers - can register a whole class/school year/group
by completing our Teachers
- All HeadsUp forums are open to be viewed and the debate followed by
the public. Participants need to register or login to post comments (under
18s and supporting teachers/youth workers only).
- The project is part-funded by the House of Commons.
- There are currently 877 schools registered with HeadsUp
For further information contact Beccy Allen, Researcher and Project Manager,
and Digital Democracy at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 020 7438 1222.