Pupils in favour of EU

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS -

PUPILS at Yate­ley Manor held their own EU ref­er­en­dum – al­though the re­sult was very dif­fer­ent from the na­tional de­ci­sion.

Year 8 pupils were set the chal­lenge of re­search­ing five ar­eas that were rel­e­vant to the EU de­bate: de­fence and se­cu­rity, law mak­ing, im­mi­gra­tion, trade and travel.

Small groups looked in depth at each of the ar­eas and pre­sented, in an elec­tion spe­cial as­sem­bly, the pros and cons of stay­ing in the EU for each of them.

At break time, chil­dren from Year 3 up­wards had the chance to vote, with Year 7 pupils act­ing as elec­tion helpers and later on as coun­ters.

The turnout was high at 77% and the re­sult was a def­i­nite vote to Re­main with 79% of the votes against 21% Leave.

Head­mas­ter Robert Up­ton said: “The Yate­ley Manor ref­er­en­dum was an ex­cel­lent ex­er­cise for the chil­dren.

“Ev­ery­one learnt a great deal about the de­bate and en­joyed hav­ing the chance to vote. Year 8 worked hard on their re­search and their pre­sen­ta­tions were in­for­ma­tive and well bal­anced.” for

Yate­ley Manor pupils cast their votes in the school’s very own EU ref­er­en­dum.

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