Students discuss and debate issues at forum

The students from Ponteland High School who attended the EurVoice forum at Northumbria University.
The students from Ponteland High School who attended the EurVoice forum at Northumbria University.

Students from Ponteland High School were among those who had their say on some key topics during an event at Northumbria University.

The EurVoice forum to discuss issues that have been gaining publicity across a range of countries, managed by a group of people studying at the university, was split into two sections.

The first saw the students selected into groups and they gave their opinion in response to the following four questions: Should the voting age be reduced to 16? Should cannabis be legalised? Should there be a minimum age limit of 16 on social media? Is capitalism better than socialism?

The second involved a debate on these questions led by four political guests: Dr Nick Cott (Lib Dems), Sarah Thin (Green Party), Mariam Waseem (trustee of the British Youth Council) and Richard Wearmouth (Conservative Party). There was time designated for the floor to challenge them with questions.

All of the students involved from Ponteland High – William Robinson, Joshua Beswick, Matthew Lee, Kieran Jones, Ryan Hirst, Ethan Wilson, Megan Bradley, Daniel Scott, Sophie Plumeridge, Rhys Cooper and Harry Storey – said afterwards that they really enjoyed the discussions and debate.