Sidegate Primary School in Ipswich takes to polls with interactive school election project
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Youngsters at Sidegate Primary School in Ipswich took to the polls for the their own elections this afternoon, as part of an innovative project to help them understand the election process.
The three year five classes each represent a different party campaigning for policies to improve the school, and have spent the last month putting together manifestos, creating party broadcasts, budgeting election expenses and canvassing votes.
Yesterday, each class represented a constituency and voted for candidates, with the winners now being able to implement school improvements in the next year.
Headteacher Wendy James said: “It’s been brilliant and their understanding of the political process has been greatly enhanced.
“They were able to see the process happen, and we will be able to see the manifesto of the winning party implemented when they are in year six.”