Wake up your world


Young NCB think political education should be taught at school, so that we all understand how the UK political system works. Children and young people don’t always realise how decisions made by Government impact on our lives, or how they can have a say in decisions made nationally and in their local area even though we are under 18.

We want more young people to take part in local and national decisions and to help change things we are unhappy about and meet our local MP’s letting them know what is important to us!

Our latest workshops on Young NCB's priorities:


As part of Parliament week, Young NCB members took part in their first ever online debate to discuss the English Baccalaureate, the end of Education Maintenance Allowance and rise in university tuition fees. Young NCB members views from the debate were used in NCB’s official response to the DfE as part of the E- Baccalaureate consultation. 

Please take a look at the summary of the debate around the English Baccalaureate here.

November 2012


As part of our priority work, we will be hosting our first ever Young NCB online debate as part of Parliament Week which runs from the 19-25 November. We wanted the Advisory Group to help come up with the questions prompts for our debates.

The topics will be the English Baccalaureate (known informally as the E-Bacc) which the Government is proposing to introduce in 2015 to replace GCSEs. You also told us that important topics to debate are the end of the Education Maintenance Allowance and tuition fees.

As part of parliament Week Young NCB have been very busy! The Young NCB Advisory Group produced a poster that explains to children and young people what Parliament and Government is, how laws are passed and how they can take part in the decisions Government make even though they are not old enough to vote. You can download our poster here!

Four Young NCB members attended and participated in Young People’s Question Time on Monday 19th November hosted by the Hansard Society at Portcullis House, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Young NCB members took part in an online debate on Tuesday 20th November, debating the English Baccalaureate, the end of Education Maintenance Allowance and rise in university tuition fees. Young NCB members views from the debate will be used in NCB’s official response to the DfE as part of the E- Baccalaureate consultation.


One Young NCB member attended Parliament with Hilary Emery, NCB's Chief Executive on Friday 23rd November as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day to attend the UK Youth Parliament debate in the House of Commons.


September 2012

At the September residential the Advisory Group thought about the design for their Wake up to Your World poster and came up with a brief to send to the designer. They gave an idea of some of the key messages to include and also how they would like to have the poster laid out including the types of images to be used. You can see the final poster on our resources page here.


June 2012

Looking at the Wake up to Your World priority (about politics and current affairs) the Advisory Group came up with possible ideas for topics which could be debated for Parliament week and ideas for designing an information poster for children and young people to inform them about how decisions are made in Parliament and how they can influence these decisions.


April 2012

The Advisory Group developed timelines for each priority project, so that we would know what we have to do and when from now right up until the end of next year. They worked in two groups focusing on a priority each to think about a plan of action using the trees, the projects plans we made on the templates earlier and the timeline to help us.



GROUP 2 – “Wake up to Your World” - Young NCB staff have been in discussion with the organisers of Parliament Week (19th – 25th November 2012). We wanted the Advisory Group to develop ideas of what activities we could run as part of the week.

The Advisory Group came up with loads of great ideas including events, debates, MPs visitng schools and more!




To the left, members work on the priority plans (scroll down further to February for more info and photos). The group also worked on case studies to say why they feel these topics are important to children and young people in England today.

February 2012

In this Advisory Group meeting on Saturday 18 February we looked at our new priority headlines in more detail. The Advisory Group thought about what they could do and what they hoped to accomplish under each of the priorities by creating ‘Priority Trees’. This exercise aimed to get initial thoughts and ideas for each priority. 

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The roots of the tree represented the main concerns, problems and why this topic is important for children and young people; we then looked at the leaves which represented the aims and outcomes we wanted to achieve and what impact this would have on children and young people’s lives; we looked at what support and resources we would need which became the trunk; and lastly the branches which represented what we would do and how we would do it to achieve the aims and outcomes.