Politicians put in the hot seat by students

LOCAL youngsters got to question the people in power recently as part of local democracy week.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 31st October 2011, 2:11 pm

Throughout the week a range of events were organised by the Rother Valley South Area Assembly to help engage young people with local democracy.

The Top Dog Challenge saw pupils given a scenario and £100,000 and had to decide the best way to spend the money.

The winners were pupils from Brinsworth who won a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

There were political speed dating events at various local comprehensive schools throughout the week.

And at the Open Question Time event children from primary schools got to grill a panel including local politicians, police officers and youth workers about what they do. Pupils from Laughton Junior and Infant School were picked to go on a trip to Rotherham Town Hall.

Nicky Hayes, community support officer for Rother Valley South Area Assembly said the event was about engaging youngsters with elected members and representatives of various organisations.

“It went really well. We worked with around 110 pupils throughout the week,” she added.