John Spellar

Labour candidate for Warley

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John Spellar MP encourages students to enter video competition on designing a democratic system

John Spellar MP  is encouraging all local A-level students in Sandwell to take part in the Political Studies Association’s Student Short Video Competition which returns for a fifth year. 

The Political Studies Association (PSA) exists to develop and promote the study of politics.  As part of their programme of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the Association runs an annual short film competition open to students who will be studying during the academic year 2015-16.

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: "Designing for Democracy - what would you propose?”  Groups of A-level students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, outlining what they would suggest if they could design a democratic system from scratch.

Shortlisted groups will be invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.  Previous jurors have included Shami Chakrabarti, Victoria Derbyshire and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The winners of the Student Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster.  Broadcast on BBC Parliament, this year’s ceremony takes place on 1st December in London and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in a central London hotel.  On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

John Spellar MP said:-
“Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics is really important.  I’d encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos.  Good luck to all Sandwell students taking part.”

CEO of the Political Studies Association, Helena Djurkovic, said:

“The Short Video Competition is a great chance for students to explore contemporary political issues in a creative way and to learn or enhance new skills, such as video production and interview style.  This year’s theme on democracy we feel is very apt given the current debates around representation, voting reform and disengagement amongst young people with traditional Westminster politics.

“The prize on offer for the winning students is very unique.  The competition is recognised at our Annual Awards Ceremony and remains very popular with our teacher members’ schools.  The quality of entries continue to improve year on year – we’re looking forward to judging 2015’s entries in the autumn.”

Full competition details for 2015 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at:  www.psa.ac.uk

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