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Engaging students in the democratic process

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Surbiton High School has been taking part in the Rock Enrol initiative, which is aimed at engaging students in the democratic process. Ian Smith explains


For Parliament Week at the end of last year, three of our year 13 students, Hannah, Bella and Verity, joined 10 schools at the Houses of Parliament and participated in a stimulating Rock Enrol workshop to raise the profile of voter registration among young people. 

We contributed to debates and engaged in activities that broadened understanding and challenged their pre-conceptions about UK society and the economy.

A high point of the event was Sam Gyimah, the minister for the constitution, meeting students, joining in the debates and stressing the importance of young people registering to vote to make their voices heard. Afterwards, we had a tour of Parliament.

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