Lesson in democracy

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

BEECH Grove Primary School in Wellington enjoyed a visit from Rosamonde Birch, Parliament education outreach officer for the South-West.

She led a Key Stage 2 assembly on the history of Westminster and how it works. Pupils were interested to see the similarities with the school’s own council. Afterwards Year 5 children were guided through the debate and voting process of a Bill being passed.

The children held a lively debate on ‘Should Primary School Children Have Homework’. The arguments were strong on both sides using ‘more time spent with family and outdoors’ against; and ‘making sure learning was secure giving more practice time’ for. The vote was close 21 against, 20 for. 

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