On the 6th December, we held a whole school assembly with the election as the theme. Sally the local Vicar from Hertford Heath came in to introduce herself. I couldn’t have asked for a better warm-up act!
We feel it’s really important that the pupils feel included in the election as it is all around them in the pre-election period. One of the aims was to deepen their understanding of democracy and our system of government. It is perhaps our most basic of British Values. The pupils were introduced to the parties as coloured teams e.g. ‘The Yellow Team – The Liberals and a very much simplified version of each manifesto were discussed. They were also given an animated impression of each party leader. They were introduced by their Christian names – Boris, Sian, Adam, Jeremy, Nigel, Nicola, Jonathan and Jo (I’ll let you work that one out!)
At the end of the assembly, we discussed how to actually vote. Each tutor group were given a ballot box and a set of ballot papers and we have held our own election.
The results were…
- Brexit – 7
- LibDems – 10
- Conservative – 10
- Green Party – 13
- Labour Party – 62
Therefore I can declare that the Red team, the Labour Party have won our election by a landslide. Not only the highest score but more votes than all the other teams put together. Hmmm, I do wonder the value of being the first square to put your cross in???
Let’s see what happens in the real election.