Hartlepool pupils get into election spirit with mock vote

WINNERS: Mia McClaughlin and Emily Robson, the leader and deputy leader of the victorious Red Rose Party.
WINNERS: Mia McClaughlin and Emily Robson, the leader and deputy leader of the victorious Red Rose Party.

SCHOOL pupils got into the spirit democracy by holding their own mock election.

West View Primary School held a democracy week to raise awareness for the General Election.

I can’t wait to work together with the headteacher Andy Brown to make this excellent school even better!

Mia McClaughlin, election winner

The children were taught about the political process, the purpose of democracy and the main political parties.

This culminated in pupils deciding who should become ‘Prime Minister’ of the school when they were given the chance to vote.

Leading up to the event, children taking part put their names forward with teachers to create four political parties.

One class even held their own ‘local election’ to select their best candidate.

Children in Key Stage 2 also enjoyed a talk from one of the prospective parliamentary candidates, Michael Holt of The Green Party, who gave his views on why voting is important in society.

After voting in a secret ballot on Thursday, May 7, the votes were counted and recounted before the winner was declared during a special assembly on Friday.

The result of the ballot was, Red Rose Party - 94 votes, Blue Power Party - 92 votes, UKAB (UK Alfie B Party) - 48 votes and Yellow Dove Party - 46 votes.

Year 6 pupil Mia McClaughlin and her deputy, Year 4 pupil Emily Robson of the Red Rose Party were both delighted to have won.

An excited Mia said: “I can’t wait to work together with the headteacher Andy Brown to make this excellent school even better!” Their policies included talking to different classes to find the best after-school sports clubs and providing alternative spaces for pupils to eat their lunch.

Dewi Bradley, PSHE co-ordinator at the school, said: “ “We are fully committed at West View to providing the children with a good understanding of the society they grow up in so that they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. This was a fantastic chance for children to see how the voting process in our country works.”