“UK Parliament doesn’t look or sound like the rest of the country: should this change and, if so, how?” 



Are you a student aged 16 to 19 who has thoughts on what could or should be done? Or who disagrees with this statement? If so, we’re looking to you for creative ideas in our annual competition to find the best political student blog! 

The deadline for submitting your blog is Friday 3 June - see below for how to submit. 



Unfortunately postponed due to Covid! 

Competition entries will be judged as much on the strength of your ideas as they will on a well-argued piece of writing. A FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP, delivered by the Financial Times and the Political Studies Association, will offer you help and advice on the best way to present your ideas!


If you’re interested in taking part in the workshop, drop an email - with ‘Student Blog’ in the subject line - to joan.fisher@psa.ac.uk with your name, and the name of your school, in the email.  

You’re not committing yourself to submitting a blog by taking part in this free workshop! 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can see last year’s winning entry here.  


More about the Blog Competition for Students & Teachers 

  • The winning blog will be published online in the Financial Times and in the PSA’s blog section on the website. It will also be printed in the PSA’s magazine Political Insight

  • Students aged 16 to 19 from across the UK or abroad are invited to write a blog of 500-600 words on the subject: “UK Parliament doesn’t look or sound like the rest of the country: should this change and, if so, how?” 

  • Students are welcome to attend a free online blog writing workshop, which doesn’t commit them to submitting a blog for the competition. 

  • All those who do enter the competition will be invited to an awards ceremony in July (further details tba) where the winner and runners-up will be announced. 

  • The Political Studies Association holds this competition in partnership with the Financial Times, supported by the Association for Citizenship Teaching. 


Entering the competition 

Please email your blog, of between 500-600 words, to: studentblogs@psa.ac.uk 

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The Political Studies Association offers a School Membership at just £25 a year, allowing up to 10 teachers and staff members to access PSA membership benefits as well as receive details of dedicated support materials. 

The Financial Times offers free digital subscription to 16-19 year-olds in full-time education, as well as to their teachers across the world, as part of its Education Programme. 

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