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Top Marks; Liverpool Schools' Parliament's Lucy Marks highlights the big issues facing city teenagers.

HI everyone my name is Lucy Marks.

I am a member of Liverpool Schools' Parliament - a body that allows young people to have a voice and make representations to the local authority.

I am delighted to have been asked to write an ECHO Education column for the next school year.

I currently attend St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton.

I have started my second year at the school's sixth form.

In this column I am going to highlight a host of issues forming the debate at Liverpool Schools' Parliament.

This includes the use of the government's Pupil Premium funding to shorten the gap between rich and poor children.

I also want to look at how new education legislation is impacting on exams and results this year and in the future.

Another hot potato is whether school uniform actually makes the difference in the way students work in class or whether performance is simply down to attitude.

Throughout the year I will be also tackling issues that crop up in the world of education.

On a personal level I thought long and hard about which subjects to take at A-level and opted for English literature, sociology and history.

All of these subjects link closely into what I would like to do at university - my next step after sixth form and I enjoy these subjects - reflected in my exam performances.

Among my school priorities are maintaining the same level of grades I received in my results after the first year.

On the subject of results it was pleasing that Liverpool students again celebrated record A-level and GCSE results. It is also interesting to note that a higher percentage of A-level students are moving onto higher education this year compared to 2012.

This is clearly an indication that university is beneficial and provides students with worthwhile and life shaping experiences.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2013
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