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Young voters in EU Referendum – improve politics education in schools so we can make more informed choices

With thousands of young voters in Scotland able to take part in today’s EU Referendum, making sure young people have the political education they need to make informed choices has never been so important. In this blog, MSYP Amy Perry, who sits on the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, argues that PSHE lessons – Personal, Social and Health Education – is a perfect opportunity to engage pupils in politics. 
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Charity of the Year Saheliya: girls’ top 5 school issues for minority ethnic pupils

saheliyaHUGE congratulations to Saheliya for scooping the Charity of the Year award at the Scottish Charity Awards. Saheliya does some amazing work to support the mental wellbeing of black and minority ethnic girls in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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Pupils’ views: what schools can do to help our mental wellbeing. Enquire conference.

Here’s the film made about our recent event in Stirling on supporting good mental health in schools. Watching it I am reminded how awesome all the young people were who took part. Zoe and Caitlin, whose volunteering efforts for See Me and Aye Mind have attracted the attention of the royals Kate and Wills, spoke about how digital media impacts on young people’s mental health. We also heard from Gennifer, who created the website SOAR after one of her closest friends at school died of cancer. Continue reading

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Your Voice on Education – Scottish Youth Parliament guest blog

Another fab blog from MSYP Aqeel, the young Convener of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee for the Scottish Youth Parliament. Thanks for keeping us in the loop Aqeel!
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AQEEL: “The Education Committee has been busy over the last couple of months. At our last committee meeting, at SYP’s 59th National Sitting, in the Scottish Borders, we discussed our initial Continue reading

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School of thought – 5 ways the new government could make schools better for young people in Scotland

The Scottish Elections are coming up next week, and if you’re 16 years old or over then you have the right to vote. This is such an exciting chance for you to use your voice and have a say in how Scotland should be run!
There are lots of youth orgs with manifestos that set out goals for the new government that will make life better for young people in Scotland. A lot of the manifestos call for politicians to do more to make sure that all young people in Scotland get Continue reading

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New film about one girl’s story of being bullied for having problems reading

Did you know that Albert Einstein the genius scientist was considered dyslexic?  Just one of the things I learnt from watching a wonderful new film called Judged, by I am me Scotland. The film is about one girl’s story of what it’s like to have dyslexia and get bullied at school for not being able to read out loud in class. “I was always scared I would get picked. You see, being dyslexic doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I’m actually really clever…it Continue reading

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Chronic illness – why me? Young people at the Teapot Trust have their say

‘Why me? Why can’t I just be normal?’
‘Will I cope – how bad will it get? Will I get better?’ 
‘Will I be able to have a family? Will I be able to get a job?’
‘Does it define me? Who am I? I am sporty… I like cooking… I am not just sick!’
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Young champions for pupils with autism have their say on the blog, plus how you too can share your views

AP riverside gang group picSpecial guests on the blog this week, pupils from Riverside Primary in Stirling who act as mentors and champions for people with autism at their school. 
Autism is a condition that can affect how a person talks and listens to other people, how they learn and how they make friends. You can watch this ace Fixers film to find out more. 
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What does the new law called the Education (Scotland) Act mean for young people in Scotland?

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The Scottish Government want to make sure that Scotland is the best place for you to grow up in. They want every single one of you to have the best chance to do well at school and get the most out of your learning. That’s why they have made a new law, called the Education (Scotland) Act. This new law covers lots of different things.
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Young speakers ‘steal the show’ at the Enquire conference 2016

Hats off to the amazing young people who took part in the Enquire conference in Stirling yesterday. They really stole the show!
First up, Zoe and Caitlin, whose volunteering efforts for See Me and Aye Mind have even attracted the attention of the royals Kate and Wills, spoke about how digital media impacts on young people’s mental health. While they felt that social media had its downsides like online trolls, cyber bullying, pro-anorexia blogs and negative posts being Continue reading

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