Our children in upper juniors are encouraged to engage in politics. Some year 5 children have followed every single Brexit vote and can opine with confidence, when it comes to sharing their views. We were so impressed by the eloquence that Miss Smith decided to start a debate club. This is an absolutely wonderful incentive and the children absolutely love it.
It was partly due to this that Jess Phillips asked if we would like her to visit our school. Miss Smith and Mrs Herrero attended a historical artistic tour at Birmingham art gallery which focused on Suffragettes. As part of this exhibition, there was a talk on Women in politics, led by four female mps from different parties and different constituencies. Miss Smith and Mrs Herrero spoke to them afterwards, and Jess Phillip was so impressed by the work happening at out school that she offered to visit.
She stayed for two hours, answering questions written by children in Seahorses and Sharks. Her responses can be read in detail in the Stratford Herald, who also stayed to report on events for the full two hours. The session finished with Jess taking part in debate club, where she was astounded by the confidence and articulation of the pupils. Click the link below to watch her speak.