September 25th, 2016

St Kenelm’s youngsters head to the polls to learn about democracy

St Kenelm’s youngsters head to the polls to learn about democracy St Kenelm’s youngsters head to the polls to learn about democracy

PUPILS from a Romsley school learned about the importance of democracy by holding their own elections.

The children from St Kenelm’s C of E Primary School were assisted by Bromsgrove District Council’s electoral services team for the poll on September 25.

Candidates from each year group campaigned for a seat on the council and were voted in by their school friends.

And the election was as realistic as possible, right through to having polling booths, a voting register, illustrated ballot papers and declarations of results.

Bromsgrove District Council’s head of legal and democratic services Claire Felton said praised St Kenelm’s ‘hands-on approach’, saying it was a great way to teach young people how and why to vote.

“Learning to participate and make sure each of our votes count is a vital thing to understand from an early age.”

Jenny Morris, the teacher in charge of the St Kenelm’s elections, said: “Opportunities like these are invaluable in giving the children real-life experiences, helping to bring their learning about democracy to life and bringing a real sense of occasion and importance to our elections.”

Schools interested in holding a similar project can e-mail elections@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk or call 01527 881421.

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