Palgrave pupils go to the polls in mock election

The Class 3 leaders debate at Palgrave Primary School. From left: Farley Jones, Libby Michelin, Land Whittleton, Katie McDonald, and Bella Cooper.
The Class 3 leaders debate at Palgrave Primary School. From left: Farley Jones, Libby Michelin, Land Whittleton, Katie McDonald, and Bella Cooper.

Children at a north Suffolk primary school squashed the common stereotypes of young people and politics last week when they held their very own election to emulate the national political scene.

Palgrave Primary School youngsters experienced party politics first hand as they formed parties, each with an elected leader, policies and manifesto, in a mock election on Thursday, May 7, the day of the UK general election.

Each party leader delivered a speech to the entire school, followed by a 50-minute question time event, before pupils cast their votes at the polling booths, eventually electing Katie McDonald of the Force Party as prime minister.

Julia Waters, school headteacher, said: “It is an important part of becoming responsible citizens that children understand the vital nature of the election process.

“The children enjoyed this mock election enormously and hopefully this will give them a better understanding of the value of elections in our democratic process.”

The school was also contacted by 10 Downing Street, which expressed interest in what the children were doing.