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MPs, politics and voting biscuits

02 December 2022

Pupils from Avon Park School recently took part in UK Parliament Week. The event aims to inspire interest in parliament, politics and democracy, encouraging young people to engage with the UK’s democratic system and institutions.

During the week, two members of the Student Council Team welcomed MP Mark Pawsey from the Warwickshire Constituency to the school and provided him with a guided tour of the new Butlers Leap Campus. They spoke to Mark about their studies and explained how moving to the new campus helped support the next stage of their education.  Mark was impressed and agreed that having a purpose-built education facility, such as this, would be of great benefit to all the Key Stage 4 pupils to enhance their development further and support their studies in preparation for their future.

Finally, to complete their week of exploring politics, Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils took part in a voting scenario, where they were asked to vote on a certain type of biscuit.  During the session, they gained a better understanding of how politics work, highlighting that through their voting, they didn’t necessarily get their first choice of biscuit, so they then had to reassign their vote to another biscuit, being their second choice.

The activity made them realise that if their favourite biscuit wasn’t chosen and the voting was over, they would have to support the next option based on what they felt was the next most suitable and relevant biscuit.

Teacher, Ed Wright commented:

"It was great to see the pupils working to a brief, understanding it and being able to take part in a parliamentary style manifesto debate on an important issue like Biscuits!" 

Great work, everyone!

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