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‘Share ideas and learn from each other’ – Leiston schoolchildren set example to government

PUBLISHED: 13:55 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 09 June 2017

Leiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDING

Leiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDING

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Politicians are sometimes accused of behaving like children but the roles were reversed at a Suffolk school.

Leiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDINGLeiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDING

Leiston Primary School pupils debated some weighty issues, like education and local jobs, before voting to decide what meant the most.

The school meets fortnightly, in mixed age groups, to discuss topics that affect them on a daily basis, as well as wider issues like online safety, playground improvements and developing the curriculum.

Head of school, Melissa Geater said: “It’s a great way to build a sense of community among the children and staff, as well as develop the children’s understanding of democracy.”

Eloise and Serenity, Year Six classmates, said: “We get the chance to share our opinions so, when we are older, we know why it is important to listen to others.”

Leiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDINGLeiston Primary School pupils debated and voted on the big issues of the day. Picture: ZOE GOLDING

Ellie-May, in Year One, said: “Working with the older children lets us share ideas, and it’s good that we learn from each other.”

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