‘Lights! Camera! Parliament!’ 17.06.15

LGS sixth formers win national film competition

Two sixth form pupils at Loughborough Grammar School have won a national film competition run by the British Film Institute and UK Parliament.

‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ asked children aged from 7 – 18 to tell Parliament which new law they would introduce in the UK in a three minute film.

Nick and Josh Bates’ entry in the category for 17-18 year olds made the case for the inclusion of Politics as a National Curriculum subject in Key Stages 2 and 3, suggesting that engaging young people at an early age would help them make an informed choice at election time and increase the likelihood that they will exercise their right to vote.

“We want to give young people a voice and the tools to make changes in their country,” they explained. “If young people learn about politics and become passionate about it, throughout their lives they will engage and vote, making the United Kingdom a more democratic place to live.”

Josh attended an awards day in London on 16th June when he enjoyed a tour of the Palace of Westminster and had the opportunity to speak to a panel of MPs about their new law. He also attended a showcasing event for all the winning entries at the British Film Institute, and later appeared on ITV News. Nick Mahoney was unable to attend due to an unfortunate date clash with his A-Level Politics examination.

Kerrie Donohoe, 2014 winner, and member of the 2015 judging panel said: “Lights, Camera, Parliament! provides an excellent opportunity for young people to express their views in an inspiring and creative way.  I wish many congratulations to Loughborough Grammar School for investing their time and effort into producing a truly thought-provoking documentary which proves to be the well-deserving winner of Lights, Camera, Parliament! 2015.”

Local MP Nicky Morgan added: “It’s great to see Loughborough Grammar recognised for the fantastic work on their Lights, Camera, Parliament! documentary. They raise an important issue and they are right, students should learn about politics in citizenship education, which is already a compulsory part of the national curriculum at key stages 3 and 4, and includes teaching about democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved.”

Josh and Nick’s entry can be seen here – It was filmed and edited by fellow pupil, Spike Wright.