The general election has reached fever pitch. Parties are fighting for seats, with MP’s knocking on doors and posting their parties manifestoes in letter boxes. All over the country, 18 year olds and over will be making their ways to voting stations or using the postal vote to have their say on who should be running the country. But should the voting age be lowered- should 16-17 year olds be allowed to vote?
There are plenty of reasons why people think that the voting age should be lowered. One is arguing against the proposition that 16-17 year olds are too immature to vote and do not have the knowledge needed to make a rounded decision of whom to vote for. The argument against this is that 16-17 year olds are able to cope with the responsibility of voting and are mature enough to do so. For example, 16-17 year olds are able to join the army aged 16, and are able to get married aged 16- if 16-17 year olds are mature enough to do this, why are they deemed not responsible to vote?
Another reason for allowing 16-17 year olds to vote is that it would increase the number of people that vote- low numbers are a significant issue. By one estimate, less than 45% of 18-24 year olds voted in the 2010 election. If 16-17 year olds were allowed to vote, this number would increase. It would also give young people the chance to have their say in issues that affect them, such as schools and public transport; this would also help the voting number to increase, and could stop politics from alienating so many young people.
However, there are a lot of people that think that 16-17 year olds should not be allowed to get the vote. Many people think that they’re too immature to vote, as they need parental permission for just about everything, from huge responsibilities like getting married to joining the armed forces (and even then they cannot fight on the front line) to even getting a tattoo. They also would struggle to find a job that generates enough income that means they’ll have to pay income tax, whilst people that are 18 are out of full time education and can commit to a full time job.
To conclude, whilst there are plenty of good reasons why 16-17 year olds should get the vote, like helping young people become more involved with politics. On the other hand, there are many reasons why people believe that 16-17 year olds shouldn’t get the vote- for example young people being too immature or lacking the knowledge needed to make the decision of who should be running the country. The question of lowering the voting age has been debated often in recent memory- including the correct general election; perhaps one day a decision will be made and it will become normal to see 16 year olds going to the voting stations!
Report by Juliet Rose Y10
On the evening of Tuesday 5th May, over 50 Year 1 & Year 2 pupils from St Lawrence, Gnosall and Castlechurch filled King Edwards' sports hall for a fun evening of circus skills. The children (and a lot of the teachers and sports leaders) all appeared to thoroughly enjoy attempting new skills such as plate spinning, juggling and using a diablo as well as many more. The event was well attended by King Edwards’ pupils who acted as sports leaders, allowing the evening to run smoothly and the adults from the participating schools to enjoy the event and learn some new skills too. The sports leaders were also invaluable, helping to teach the Year 1 & 2 pupils new skills and encouraging them to persevere with each activity. As always the evening was well organised by Mrs Gibbs and well attended by the participating schools creating a fun environment for the pupils to develop their new skills. Overall the evening was fun for all involved and the attending pupils all appeared to enjoy the activities greatly.
Report by Hannah James Y13
SEND Family Partnership provides free impartial, confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or disability in Staffordshire.
SkillShare is a project funded by Big Lottery Fund and managed by SEND Family Partnership to provide free training to parents and carers of children with special needs in Staffordshire.
We would like to invite you to attend a transition event
"FROM SECONDARY AND BEYOND"
being held at:
Earl Street, Stafford
on Tuesday 9th June 2015
4pm – 8pm
The event is an informal opportunity to go along with your young person, meet support staff from the college and browse the information stands. There will be a range of providers on hand to chat to you about how you may be able to access the support and services available beyond school years.
The event is FREE and FREE refreshments will be provided.
Booking is not necessary but it would be really helpful if you could either email:
Skillshare@staffordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01785 356930 and leave a message to say you are coming, this helps us to make sure we have enough cake to go around!
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you and please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the number above if you would like further information.
As the country gets set to take to the polls this week for the General Election, students and staff at King Edward's have been taking part in their own elections for Head Boy and Head Girl.
Sixth Formers Brandon McEleny and Frances Bishop have been voted in as the new Head Boy and Head Girl from September 2015. They will replace the outgoing Sixth Formers Frances Critchley and Luke Acton who were elected last year and have served in the role this academic year as ambassadors for the school and organisers of the School Council.
Headteacher, Mr Christey, congratulated the students on their election and wished them every success in their new roles. He also thanked Fran and Luke for their "hard work in representing the school at major events and representing the student voice in the school."
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