Little Parndon off to council in local democracy week

Burnt Mill Academy / Thu 9th Oct 2014 at 08:14am

YOUNG Essex pupils will be presenting a panel of County Councillors with the best way to spend £250 at their schools next Wednesday as part of Local Democracy Week (Monday 13 October to Sunday 19 October).

Primary and secondary school students will get to grips with local democracy at two full-day events being held by Essex County Council to help young people understand and learn more about the importance of democracy and how local government works.

The students will attend County Hall in Chelmsford on two different days, Wednesday 15 October (primary pupils) and Thursday 16 October (secondary pupils), where they will meet a panel of local County Councillors and take part in activity workshops to get them thinking about council issues and local authority decision making.

About 140 young people are expected to attend on Wednesday 15 October from 15 different schools: Henham and Ugley Primary School, Henham; Janet Duke Primary School, Laindon; Maldon Primary School; St Pius X Catholic Primary School, Chelmsford; Highwoods Community Primary School, Colchester; Terling Primary School; Grove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh; Great Bradfords Junior School, Braintree; Springfield Primary School, Chelmsford; Little Parndon Primary School, Harlow; Northwick Park Primary School, Canvey Island; Shelley Primary School; Leigh Beck Junior School, Canvey Island; Highwood Primary School, Chelmsford; and Theydon Bois Primary School.

During the day they will debate how their school council could spend £250 and present their proposals to Councillors. The winning school, which will be announced later that day, will receive a cheque for £250.

The pupils will also take part in a networking lunch, including ‘human bingo’ – designed to encourage the children to talk to Members and officers.

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