Four-fifths of Scotland’s 16- and 17-year-olds have registered to vote – 100,000 people. They make up just 3 per cent of the electorate, but with the campaign getting tighter, every vote counts.

Politicians are showing up in high schools to debate issues and listen to students concerns – for example, the Scottish National Party cabinet were recently grilled by 100 teenagers.

At the same time schools are holding mock referendums to educate students better about the process and things that will be involved. Louise Cameron, 18, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, attended one: “It was really quite amazing, I saw they debated the independence question with real passion.”

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