Who’s that girl? GCSE student wows at conference

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Media captionNewly-reformed GCSEs are leaving teenagers ‘spaced out and stressed out’, Lauren Stocks tells Labour designates

It was a moment that caught the Labour party conference off-guard.

Sixteen-year-old Lauren Stocks had just received her GCSE results and wanted to talk about the toll that changes to the exams had taken on her and her classmates.

In a enthusiastic discussion, she expressed the scale of assessments of the mental health problems that blight her generation.

“There’s a statistic we were testified when I was about 13 or 14 that told me three in ten parties in every classroom suffer with a mental illness.

Using strong word, she denied that to be the case. “It’s a good half.

“I could’ve marched into any menu tech, history, artwork, maths classroom and just watched oceans of spaced-out, stressed-out, depressed minors, in a battlefield where they can’t open pencils and paper, ” she said, gulping hard.

“It is a disgusting perception, ” she told representatives, and insisted parents of girls with newly-reformed GCSEs ahead of them to make sure they know they are loved.

In under three minutes, Lauren gave a addres showing the ardour of youth.( “I didn’t establish documents before I came on place and my recalls will be fairly sowed, so please go easy on me.”)

Her audience were on their paws, encouraging Lauren for a speech that’s since been shared thousands of meters on social media.

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Image caption Lauren has been a Labour party member since the age of 14

“It find pretty weird, ” she tells the BBC. “I was kind of in my own little world.

“To verify everyone stand up – I certainly appreciated it.”

And the plaudits didn’t stop there. “My Snapchat blew up, ” she says. About 30 people from her old school contacted her to say they were really glad she had addrest up for them.

“I have suffered with many a mental health issues matter. I was upset it was just me but the response was overwhelming.”

Some social media users though, with characteristic brutality, were less than warm, criticising her pick of hair dye and appearance.

The impact of these negative comments is something her mum, Sarah Hilton, worries about a good deal but Lauren less so.

“They’re saying: ‘That’s not a girl’.

“When I checked last-place night, I was certainly female, ” she says, chuckling it off.

She also diplomatically grazes off the inevitable latitudes being reaped with a famous 1977 Conservative meeting speech by another 16 -year-old, which was watched by a smiling prime minister-in-waiting – Margaret Thatcher.

“I haven’t realise the pronunciation but I have considered William Hague, ” she says. “I don’t have the best belief of him.”

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Image caption Lauren’s mum, Sarah Hilton, says her daughter has been training her about politics

Despite her years, Lauren is no stranger to public speaking. Now under-1 9 representative for North West Young Labour, she has been an organizer for two years.

Her interest in politics was first aroused at 12 as she idly watched YouTube videos of people exploring left-wing ideas.

After a brief dalliance with the Greens, she participated the Labor party on 3 August 2015. “I remember if as if it were yesterday, ” she says, almost wistfully.

A few weeks later, Lauren received an email expecting parties to attend a Manchester food bank that master Jeremy Corbyn would be visiting.

“I expected mum if I could go. I’d never been into Manchester alone before.

“My mum sagged me off at the food bank and after that they restrained me involved, ” she says.

After her suffer of sitting the brand-new GCSEs, she says students should be empowered and told what they can achieve , not warn that if they fail, they’ll left open watching Jeremy Kyle all day.

This year’s GCSE students in England were the first to sit quizs which were numerically graded and tougher than in the past.

The changes, is adopted by former education secretary Michael Gove, resulted in a trough in answers, but schools rector Nick Gibb said schoolchildren and professors were rising to the challenge.

Exam regulators said the brand-new suitabilities had allowed students to better support their abilities and had better prepared them for further study.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We recognise there are challenges facing the professing including a most demanding curriculum and higher anticipations for schoolchildren. Where staff are struggling we are confident head teacher to take action to tackle the causes of stress and ensure they have the support they need.

“The government has also taken steps to reduce additional burdens of quizs on young person including removing numerou, pointless resits and vesting PS1. 4 billion in children’s mental health services”.

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Image caption Lauren converged veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner at the working party consultation

Conference was, Lauren acknowledges, a fast-paced eye-opener but also a chance to meet her superstars, Dennis Skinner( “soon-to-be Sir” ), novelist and partisan Owen Jones( “I adore him so much”) and Laura Smith( “a rising star who I hope to see in Cabinet” ).

For all her warmth for politics and its parties – and despite lobbying from her mum – she is not certain that’s where her future lies.

Lauren is now examining history, sociology and politics at college, and any intention to stand for council in 2019.

But beyond that, she says she has no political ends. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”

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