LibDem candidate at Yeovil school
Pupils at St Michael’s Academy, Yeovil got a taster of modern politics and elections last week. LibDem candidate for the Yeovil constituency Mick Clark was invited in by the school to talk to three Year 6 classes.
Assistant Headteacher David Rowland wanted the children to know that they too could go in to politics one day. To feel that this was not something for an elite few from public schools but something very much within their reach.
Mick faced a range of questions from interested pupils about what he could do for Yeovil, what his priorities were, as well as questions about Brexit.
He had the chance to talk with them about how Parliament works, and tell them his experience of general elections and democracy.
As part of the curriculum students study British values and democracy and Mick’s visit brought some of these ideas to life. He advised them to do their own research on the issues of the day and make their own choices.
The school were obviously pleased, David Rowland telling us “We were very grateful that Mick could come, especially given his busy schedule. Mick was very engaging, and truly made the children believe that any one of them could make a difference to their lives and the lives of others“.
Mick’s dad attended St Michael’s many years ago in the days when it was known as Grass Royal, and Mick Clark went to school and college in Yeovil, making the whole world of possibilities seem real for the children, making them believe that they could achieve too.
And this being an election there were points to make too. Mick told The Leveller® “Schools have seen a brutal 8% cut in per pupil funding under the Tories according to research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. The Lib Dems are committed to reversing these cuts, to ensure that every child gets the best start in life. We are promising to recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10bn a year for schools.”