This morning, four Year 6 children represented school in the Dudley Schools Citizenship Debate. This was held in the Dudley Council Chambers and the children got to sit in the actual seats that councillors sit in and use the microphones that would be used during a normal debate. The motion we were arguing against was "Should children be made to earn their pocket money?" All of the children wrote their own pieces to say to argue against the motion and they all spoke very clearly and eloquently when required to. Our debate was even chaired by the Mayor of Dudley! At the end, everyone who was there got to vote and we just lost out by 2 votes!
We then were able to stay and listen to 2 further debates, involving 4 other primary schools. Once the schools had put across their arguments, there was an 'open floor' where anyone (children and adults) could add points to the debate, and I was again really impressed with the children, as they all took part in this, thinking of points to add during the debates as they weren't aware what the other questions being debated were until they started being debated!
A fantastic opportunity for the children and one that I know they all very much enjoyed. They should be really proud of themselves!
Mr. M Pearson - Y6 Teacher / AHT KS2