7. Debating and creating in the classroom

Gomersal Primary School debate
Photo: Gomersal Primary School

Gomersal Primary School recently borrowed the Parliamentary Loan Box from the Education service in Parliament. They have loved using this to create their own House of Commons in their art room. Over 300 children have had the opportunity to recreate debates in this classroom. Year 4 children used the resources to debate about women’s right to vote. The children thought very carefully and discussed the issues carefully.

The school’s younger children have also learnt about the lives of Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison in a lesson linked to their history topic of ‘Famous people who have changed the world’. They worked in the art room to create some beautiful mono prints.

Gomersal Primary School prints
Photo: Gomersal Primary School
Gomersal Primary School prints
Photo: Gomersal Primary School

Specialist art teacher Mandy Barrett has recently trained to be a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador and will be doing lots more to promote democracy within the school.

You can find out more on the Gomersal Primary School website:

UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador – Gomersal Primary School

 

Here’s where to find UK Parliament resources for schools:

Teacher resources and lesson plans – Parliament Education service

Order a Parliament Loan Box

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by the creativity of the Gomersal Primary School community, why not try something similar in your school? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

4. Young women in politics

Little-deeds-notwestminsterMehrissa Sufi, who is one of our fantastic Kirklees Youth Councillors, took time out from revising for her GCSEs to share her thoughts about women in politics – a subject that really matters to her – with participants at a busy annual event in Huddersfield.

Mehrissa says that being a youth councillor has really opened her eyes to the world of politics and how people can directly influence what happens in their communities and beyond. She also talks about her amazing male friends in the audience and says we need to “find a way to empower young women without disempowering young men”.

This talk was one of the Notwestminster 2018 Lightning talks at The Media Centre in Huddersfield on Saturday 17th February 2018. You can watch Mehrissa’s talk on YouTube:


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Mehrissa’s talk, why not do something to help young people have voice and learn about local democracy? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy