Student video competition 2018 - 'Brexit: What does it mean to you?'

On October 31st 2018, the PSA was once again excited to hold the judging panel for our annual Student Video Competition at Speaker's House, Westminster. Check out the short-listed team's videos here!

We welcomed the top four teams from this year's competition to present their videos to and answer questions from our judging panel: Mr Speaker, Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, PSA Chair Angelia Wilson, PSA trustee Kate Mattocks, New York Times journalist Steven Castle, and YouGov Director of UK Political Research Anthony Wells. Congratulations to every team that made it this far: Wallace High School, Cobham Hall School, Belfast Academy and Christleton High School. 

Our judges put the students through their paces, asking the students about their opinions on Brexit, why the study of politics is important and how can we engage more young people in the democratic process. 

This year's theme for the video was 'Brexit: What does it mean to you?'. Mr Speaker, Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, commented that the quality of entries gets better every year and that every student should be proud of what they've achieved saying "no one on the judging panel, at your age, would have had the technical ability to create something so unique and insightful". 

Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU. So where does that leave them? Not everyone had the chance to vote or debate the subject and even now young people are struggling to get their voices heard in the decision-making process. Brexit remains the hot topic of political conversation and we at the PSA were keen to hear from post-16 students first-hand on what they think Brexit means for their future. 

Congratulations to our winners from Wallace High School!

From Left to Right: Wallace High Team, Esther Follis, Mr Speaker John Bercow MP and Olivia Palmer [Anna Brown not pictured]

Their video drew attention to the lack of representation from Stormont in the overall process and focussed on uncertainty they face in Northern Ireland with the dicussions over a soft/hard border. With their fantastic use of drone footage the team have created a captivating video highlighting the differences in regional priorities in the Brexit negotiations. 

Our runners-up were from Cobham Hall School. The judges were particularly impressed with this team's subject knowledge, particularly when they discovered this is the first year the school has taught A-Level Politics. 

Cobham Hall School: Teloni Nkhalamba, Akuboye Dickinson, Tami Soremkum and Nigel Bushnell with Mr Speaker John Bercow MP

Congratulations again to our winners and all our entrants. The winning team from Wallace High will receive their award later this month at the PSA Annual Awards and will also get the opportunity to undertake work experience with YouGov next summer.

You can watch the four shortlisted entries here.