Politics GCSE would result in ‘more representative decisions’

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A petition calling for politics and international relations to become a compulsory subject at GCSE has been signed by almost 30,000 people.

Ryan Bradbook, a politics and international relations student at the University of the West of England, Bristol, is campaigning for the subject to be taught to 16-year-olds in order to get more young people involved in politics.

His petition has passed the 10,000 signatures needed for a government response. If 100,000 signatures are reached, the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.

In his petition, he wrote: “Young children within Britain need to be educated to be able to understand political issues. This education will bring higher voter turnout, higher youth engagement and more representative political decisions.”

Young people's involvement in politics has been debated recently, following the EU referendum. A YouGov poll claimed about 75% of 18 to 24-year-old voters supported the Remain campaign.

Around 64% of registered voters aged 18 to 24 voted in the referendum – double the level that was initially reported. However, almost 90% of all over 65s voted.

ASDAN’s Citizenship Short Course is used to teach learners aged 13 and over about issues including government and democracy, law and order, rights and responsibilities and global citizenship. This flexible and engaging programme can be used to accredit 10 to 60 hours of activities with the focus on skills development according to individual ability rather than attainment at a specific level.