Pupils take over for the day

As part of Local Democracy Week we are running workshops with pupils across the county to give them a flavour of how local politicians make decisions about their area.

LDWThe task for Staffordshire pupils will be to decide how they would spend thousands of pounds of public money. The sessions which are taking place in council chambers to make the experience as realistic as possible, are being run by a council officer and local county councillor.

My colleagues are I really value these democracy events as they give our young people greater understanding of what we do in local government. By asking the pupils to become councillors for the day they can learn while also having fun and really using their imagination with the role play. We’ve already had some pupils really getting into the debate and asking for their school cabinet to resign!

The pupils are also learning about overspend and realising that there isn’t an endless pot of money to spend on public services, although one fellow councillor did experience an under spend at his workshop the other day which was a first! It’s been great to see so many primary schools involved and the feedback we’ve had already has been fantastic.

Comments are closed.