FMQT Next Generation

First Minister’s Question Time (FMQT) Next Generation is back this April!

Children and young people across Scotland will once again have the opportunity to question the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, as the event returns. In 2018, 100 children and young people attended the first FMQT Next Generation, where young people were able to put their questions to the First Minister, covering topics such as mental health, education and youth homelessness, as well as less serious questions like her thoughts on the new Irn Bru recipe.

As the event returns, find out how you can get involved, catch up on the buzz from the first FMQTand meet the Co-Design team who have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the next one.

What is FMQT Next Generation?

Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland are working in partnership to deliver First Minister’s Question Time (FMQT) Next Generation, givinggive children and young people the opportunity to question the First Minister in person, ensuring that the voices of children and young people are heard in Scottish politics.

The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of the Year of Young People, builds on work both ourselves and Children in Scotland are currently undertaking to promote the participation of children and young people in civic society.

We hope that FMQT Next Generation will provide a platform for young people to not only have their views heard but also acted upon. The project plays an important role in creating opportunities for children and young people to have a meaningful say about how Scotland is run, particularly for those too young to vote or who do not have opportunities to have their voices heard otherwise.

FMQT Next Generation supports the realisation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCR) by prioritising children and young people’s participation in matters affecting them.

The Co-Design Team

The event is co-designed with young people who have formed a Design Team (10 young people) and an Online Support Team (9 young people). Decisions from the venue to the questions posed to the First Minister are decided by the young people and they continue to be involved in the run-up to the second event.

Find out more about the journey the Design Team have been on so far in our video below which shows the first time they met the First Minister.

Meet the members of the Co-Design team on our blog, where each of the members introduce themselves and explain why they’re involved in the project, you'll also hear what they have to say about the first event, by reading their feedback.

Get involved

The second FMQT Next Generation will take place in the Edinburgh area on Tuesday 23rd April. If you didn’t watch the first one, you can see what happened by watching the broadcast.

There are three ways to get involved: (1) children and young people can submit a question to ask the First Minister, (2) children and young people can apply to be part of the audience and (3) children and young people can watch the event online in April (details will be provided at a later date).

Submit a question

Children and young people aged 8 to 18, with an upper limit of 26 for young people with additional support needs, can submit questions for the First Minister. Questions should focus on devolved issues and should, as far as possible, not repeat the questions from the first event (although follow-up and supplementary questions are welcome).

Questions can be submitted in a range of formats, for example, text, video and pictures. Each group or class can submit a maximum of 3 questions.  To submit your question, email Emma Rogan (erogan@childreninscotland.org.uk) with the subject line FMQT Next Generation Question.

Download our resource for more information and activities you can do to help children and young people create their own questions.

Please include the following details of the child or young person submitting the question:

  • First name
  • Age
  • Local authority
  • Question (in chosen format, see above)
  • Why this question is important

Those submitting successful questions will be given the opportunity to ask their question live at FMQT Next Generation on Tuesday 23rd April in the Edinburgh area.

Questions must be submitted by 5pm on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Be part of the audience

We have a limited number of places for children and young people aged 8 to 18, with an upper limit of 26 for young people with additional support needs, to be part of the audience for FMQT Next Generation on Tuesday 23rd April. We aim to engage a diverse group of children and young people, particularly those whose voices are seldom heard.

Children and young people should come as part of an established group, such as school or youth group. A maximum of four children and young people are permitted per group, along with one accompanying practitioner (except in circumstances of additional support needs).

To express interest in attending, email fmqt@childreninscotland.org.uk by 5pm Monday 18th March 2019. You will then be sent an information form to complete and return to us. Successful groups will be contacted with full details of the time and location of the event on Monday 25th March.

Please note:

  • We are unable to provide any costs incurred to attend this event, for example class cover or transport.
  • Expressions of interest do not guarantee audience places at the event.
  • Practitioners will not be participating in the event.
  • This event will be filmed, broadcast and shared digitally.

Resources

A resource for teachers, youth workers, parents, carers and other practitioners working with children and young people has been put together to help encourage and guide involvement in FMQT Next Generation.

Download the 'Getting ready for FMQT Next Generation' resource.
This resource has been created for teachers, youth workers and practitioners working with children and young people to support involvement in the event in 2019, including activities to help create and choose questions to ask the First Minister.

Download the 'Changing the world with FMQT Next Generation' resource.
This resource was created for the 2018 event and provides information about how teachers, youth workers and practitioners working with children and young people can support continued engagement with FMQT Next Generation.

Watch the first #FMQTNextGeneration

STV recorded the first FMQT Next Generation which means it's available for you to watch whenever you want!

You can watch the full version above, or at the below links:

  • Watch the full version on our YouTube channel or access the individual questions asked at the event.
  • If you're part of a school you can watch FMQT Next Generation on Glow (login required).

Catch up on social media coverage by having a look at #FMQTNextGeneration.

More information

Take a look at a range of different blogs that have been written in the run-up to the first FMQT Next Generation:

  • Meet the Design Team in our blog and hear why they wanted to get involved. 
  • Sally Henry, a member of the Online Design Team has written a blog about her experience of being involved in the project, take a look at the Children in Scotland website to hear her story so far.
  • Find out from Emily in her blog why young people's participation in politics is so important and how it fits in with the work YouthLink Scotland are doing around participation. 
  • Find out more about the design team and how they've been involved in Emma's blog on the Children in Scotland website. 
  • Tamsin, a member of the online design team, shares her experience of why she wanted to be involved in #FMQTNextGeneration in this blog.
  • Find out ways your youth group or school can get involved in this blog by Lauren Pluss with three suggestions. 
  • View all of our #FMQTNextGeneration videos on YouTube & hear from young people why they wanted to get involved!
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