College students have been invited to take part in a mock election just before the nation heads to the polls on 12 December.
Four parties have been created, led by a Year 13 party leader and Year 11 deputy. Parties have been busy creating three policies that focus on areas of community interest, as well as wider issues such as the environment and the impending climate crisis.
The four parties, Transform, Vision, Progress and Tomorrow have each filmed party political broadcasts that have been shared in tutor time to generate votes. Posters and leaflets have also been designed by students. All students from Years 7-13 will be invited to vote on their favoured party during the polling procedure on 12 December.
Zara Clench, Leader of the Transform Party, said: “I am really pleased that students have the opportunity to take part in a mock election process. It educates and empowers young people to feel like they have a voice and the opportunity to make real change in their local community.”
Teacher of History and Election Leader, Harriet Buchanan, said “This is an incredibly valuable process for our students to be taking part in. In tutor time, students are looking at the electoral and voting process as well as discussing the party political broadcasts that have been produced by our four political parties. It is really important for our students to be able to see how politics will affect them and their local community.”