In the weeks leading up to Election Day, students in each year group at John Hanson School have learnt about the importance of voting through the assembly programme and their PSHE lessons.
Anna Robinson, Assistant Head teacher, said “On Thursday 7th May, this culminated in JHCS taking part in a mock election. Ballot boxes were painted and polling station signs erected, making the space as realistic as an actual vote so the students could truly experience what their older siblings, parents and grandparents would on such a momentous day.”
Students were also encouraged to discuss the different parties at home and encourage their family members to use their vote.
Anna Robinson led the assemblies with teachers acting as each of the five main parties to share their educational policies. Students were also encouraged to discuss the different parties at home and encourage their family members to use their vote. Students then had the opportunity to vote at break times for their favoured party.
Some of the students’ favourite Education policies included:
- the Conservative parties 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3&4-year-olds
- the Labour party and their planned cuts of university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year
- a strategy to end child illiteracy by 2025 from the Liberal Democrats
- UKIPs plan to abolish Key Stage 1 SAT tests
- the Green Party wanting to reduce class sizes to 20
And the Results
Once the votes were all counted, The Green Party were announced as the winners with 31% of the votes placed, closely followed by the Conservatives with 25%. 50% of the students voted with even 66% of year 7s getting involved!
The results were the shared on the school website, Facebook and Twitter.