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Pupil Parliament - 7th July 2017

Politics & Parliament

On Friday 7th July, pupils came from a number of the Trust’s primary schools, including Middleton, Yoxford and Peasenhall, Glebeland, St Edmunds in Hoxne and Mendham at the Council Chamber at Endeavour House, Ipswich.

Following a presentation about the basic workings of parliament and the government, Cllr Sandra Gage, County and Borough Councillor for Rushmere, Ipswich (Labour), shared her motivation for becoming a Councillor, as well as some of her recent work and campaigns, explaining how her party work and campaign to support their local communities. 

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Parliamentary candidate 2017, (Liberal Democrats) also joined the day and deftly handled the questions posed to him by pupils. He discussed the work of an MP and explained about voting and democracy. Teachers and guests were impressed with the depth and variety of questions and the level of interest and focus shown by pupils, who are all current members of their School Councils.

Groups also worked together to devise 'Thinking Superheroes' forming a Cabinet to run the Country with varying qualities, such as seeing ahead into the future to test if their ideas worked, having an 'app' which notifies them of good ideas from across the world, and the ability to 'put themselves in the shoes' of other people, to see what impact their ideas and plans would have. 

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