Worksop students join the political debate

School-children from around Worksop have learned the values of democratic participation at the first Worksop Junior Council meeting.
School-children from around Worksop have learned the values of democratic participation at the first Worksop Junior Council meeting.

A new youth council welcomes pupils to discuss the issues that matter to them.

Primary pupils aged seven to eleven from 16 schools throughout the town took part in the inaugural event, which saw them learn skills in how to politely debate, alongside seeing what happens at a full Bassetlaw District Council meeting.

A pair of children from each school attended the event after being elected by their classmates to be their representatives.

They were then presented with a certificate, badge and pen for joining the new Junior Council, which will give them opportunity to have their say on local issues and learn more about democratic participation.

Phil Abbott, Head of Worksop Priory C of E School, whose idea the Junior Council was, said:

“I am delighted to say that the children were a credit to our schools and the town. We discussed what it would mean being a Junior Councillor and the responsibilities that come with it. After a busy session, we all went our separate ways with a buzz. To hear the Leader of the Council speak at the full District Council meeting about his support for the Junior Council was heartening.”

The Junior Council is just one branch of the newly relaunched participation groups for young people in Worksop, along with the Bassetlaw Youth Council for teenagers.

Future aims for the Junior Council involve helping with issues such as the regeneration of Worksop’s shopping facilities, along with possibilities for asking questions and tabling motions at Full Council meetings.

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“It was great to see so many enthusiastic young people attend full council. The Junior Council is a great opportunity for school children throughout Worksop to learn about the democratic process and have their voice heard.”