In a recent article from the Department for Education (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36661407), Nicky Morgan advises that 85% of our schools are now rated good or outstanding. This places our young people in a learned place to be able to vote intelligently and inform their own futures.
With such a unique and historically momentous vote as the referendum and with the impact of the outcome bearing heavily on our young people and their futures, a chance to vote on that decision should have been possible.
Whilst this opportunity may have passed, thought needs to be given how young people can engage in influencing future agreements and how they can have a voice.
I used to be against 16-year-olds having the vote, but last week has changed my mind in the case of a referendum. In a general election 18 is fine because you have the power to influence a new result just a few years later. If we ever have another vote with such seismic consequences for future generations, the voting age should be 16 and schools should have an explicit role in giving impartial information about both sides of the debate.