Trump and Brexit on youth parliament agenda

19 January 2016

Pupils from across Kent took part in the third annual Canterbury Youth Parliament.

Organised by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Outreach Team, together with Simon Langton Grammar Girls’ Grammar, pupils debated some of the most controversial topics of the day, from the rise of Trump to Brexit.

The debate, which involved 11 schools, also challenged the right age to vote, animal testing and vegetarianism, as well as the pros and cons of positive discrimination.

It took place at The Old Sessions House at Canterbury Christ Church University, on 18 January. Canterbury Schools joining Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at the event were King’s School, St Anselm’s, St Edmunds, Canterbury Academy, Spires and Archbishop’s, alongside schools from across Thanet.

Guest speaker Claire Fox, also Director of the Institute of Ideas and media commentator, spoke about freedom of speech and the right to air controversial views.

Speakers Dr Amelia Hadfield, Director of the Centre for European Studies at Christ Church and Dr Mark Bennister from the University’s School of Politics and International Relations, considered the role of Parliament and the changing face of politics. Archbishop’s pupil Hattie Oliver, who is also a Kent County Council Youth Parliament cabinet member, spoke about the need for young people to get involved in politics. Canterbury and Kent County Council councillor, Martin Vye, also attended and spoke of including pupils from Europe in next year’s event.

Nick Hayes, Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School Key Stage 3 assistant head teacher, organised the day in which all pupils received certificates of attendance, he said: “Canterbury Youth Parliament has gone from strength to strength over the last three years. Pupils were delighted to get their voices heard on important issues and were inspired by the excellent speakers.”

Notes to Editor

Schools that attended included Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar Schools, St Anselm’s, King’s School, Spires Academy, St Edmund’s, The Archbishop’s School, King Ethelbert, Sir Roger Manwood’s, Ursuline College, Royal Harbour Academy, and Wilmington Academy.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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