EDUCATION-CONSCIOUS students took part in a debate as part of a nationwide campaign designed to give young people a bigger voice.
Teenagers from St Michael’s Roman Catholic School in Billingham were joined by their local MP Alex Cunningham for the My Education Debate.
The event was part of a nationwide campaign to help youngsters have an impact on significant reforms currently being made to the education system.
St Michael’s RC School was one of only seven schools across the country to host a dedicated My Education debate.
It offered young people the chance to share their experiences of what motivates, inspires, challenges and excites them about their education.
Students discussed their views of the current education system, their aspirations for the future and how they can make their voice heard.
Year 10 student Orlagh Husband enjoyed taking part, saying: “Our opinions on education matter. They impact not just us, but future generations of students.”
Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham said: “Too often we can ignore the opinions and thoughts of young people when they can play a major role in our society and even influence how we plan for the future.
“If society and politicians in particular want to be taken seriously by young people they have got to reciprocate and show them respect.”
School head Joe White added: “As a school we aim to promote a commitment to lifelong learning that is relevant and enabling of individuals to enhance their life chances.”