Pupils vote for candidates
MAKE YOUR MARK: Deputy Head Jon Turner joins pupils to cast their votes at the Thomas Harding Junior School general election THEY may be too young to vote in the general election, but that did not stop pupils holding an election.
Pupils at Thomas Harding Junior School have been learning about government and politics this half-term, in preparation for last week’s election.
The children had been learning about the party leaders and discussing their various policies and what they meant for them as children of today and future voters.
Last Thursday, the children held their own election and voted for a candidate from each class to be a school leader for the day.
Eight children were elected by the school to run for a chance at school government and polling booths were set-up at the school.
Every child and adult was issued with a polling card and children voted for one child to shadow headteacher Jan Burgess for the day and for another to shadow deputy headteacher Jon Turner for the day.
Mrs Burgess said: “There’s been great excitement around the school.
“Children have been electioneering by building up campaign teams, issuing manifestos and using the stage in the playground to deliver speeches. There’s a real sense of pupil understanding of democracy in 21st century Britain, and we are very proud of all of our children.”