17 NOV 2017

Wealden schools celebrate Parliament Week

It's 'Question Time' with Helen Grant MP

Benenden C of E Primary School and Frittenden C of E Primary School both invited their MP Helen Grant to Question & Answer events with their pupils last week, to mark national Parliament Week 2017.

Benenden's event was more aligned to Question Time with a panel of four guests, including Helen, fielding carefully prepared questions from year 5 and 6 students in the tranquil setting of the church of St George on Benenden Village Green. 'How will Brexit affect us in Benenden' and 'what should the government do about bullying on social networking sites' were among the challenges laid before the panel in the 40 minute session, chaired by Headteacher Gill Knox.

Then it was onwards to Frittenden where 92 pupils aged between 5 and 11 shot upwards of some 50 quick-fire questions to Helen covering every aspect of being an MP and public life generally.

Helen said 'one of the pupils asked me which part of my job I enjoyed the most and I told her it was coming to events like these. Engaging with young people is both fun as well as challenging and always unpredictable. I think it is so important that our next generations are encouraged at every opportunity to engage with, and learn about, our democracy. I thank thewonderful teachers at these schools for their vision and co-operation.

Frittenden Head Teacher Nic Costello mentioned an interesting fact during the Q & A; that the children discussed, debated and ran a school vote on the referendum at the same time as the real vote was taking place in 2016. The result was a remarkable 49% remain vs 51% leave – almost exactly the same as the real national outcome.

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