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Parliamentary Petitions 2017

Government petitions are a powerful tool to effect change either locally or nationally, and getting people to sign them has never been easier.

Here at The Hathershaw College we will be teaching students all about the power of the people and the power of petitions, and how they can be heard in Parliament.

To demonstrate the power of petitions, we will be closely following four real-life petitions that are live on the Government website.  Please find these below, and a link to view them on if you would like to support it.

During form time on Thursday 2nd March (Friday for those forms in Assembly) we will be asking students to vote for the petition which they feel most strongly about, along with their suggestion for a petition.  We will then have another whole-school vote in May to select the top four, which will be uploaded to the UK Petitions website and made real - for the whole country to vote on!

Update: 6th March 2017

The votes were cast on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March 2017, with the winner being number 1 - Make mental health education compulsory in primary and secondary schools. Please see each petition below for total number of votes.


1) Make mental health education compulsory in primary and secondary schools

Mental health education is still not part of the UK curriculum despite consistently high rates of child and adolescent mental health issues. By educating young people about mental health in schools, we can increase awareness and hope to encourage open and honest discussion among young people.

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1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is around three children in every class.

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.

More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.

Source: YoungMinds

Votes: 392 - winner


2) Work with UK Sport to reinstate GB badminton funding for the next Olympic cycle

UK Sport have announced it is giving ZERO funding to GB badminton’s Olympic programme, despite exceeding the medal target by winning bronze in Rio. 
This is an incomprehensible decision. We urge sports fans and the British public to sign this petition and get badminton’s voice heard in Government.

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The ramifications of UK Sport’s decision are enormous not just for the elite end of the sport but for the grassroots who make up the heartbeat of badminton right across the UK. 
GB badminton stars have demonstrated they can compete with the best in the world and have the world-class talent to do so again in Tokyo. 
GB Badminton have appealed the decision.

To fight for the sport and support our appeal please sign this petition and lobby your local MP so we can save the future of badminton.

Votes: 50


3) Make a legal requirement for papers to print corrections at same size as errors

Recent instances such as The Sun newspaper retracting significant headline news (eg. regarding "benefit tourism" figures) in tiny, easily-overlooked corrections have highlighted the need for this requirement in order for papers to fulfil a mandate to accurately and honestly inform the public.

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Misuse and misrepresentation of information which is later retracted in miniscule font tucked away in the rear of a newspaper is endemic across several publications at every point on the political spectrum and allows newspapers to circumvent regulations regarding the accuracy of their reporting, often to the detriment of the public, the political life of the country, and the safety of vulnerable people.

Votes: 67


4) Make British Sign Language part of the National Curriculum

There are currently 11 million people within the United Kingdom with hearing loss. Some of these profoundly deaf - yet British Sign Language has still not been made a part of the national curriculum. I urge you all to sign this and make BSL a mandatory subject in schools.

Votes: 278


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