They get our vote! School council elections are a great way to learn about democracy

©CALYX Pictures Shaw Ridge Primary School - School councillors,

Youngsters from Shaw Ridge Primary School were given an insight into the world of politics, when they were visited by former pupil turned parish councillor Matt Walker.

Matt, who sits on the West Swindon parish council and represents the Conservative party, was invited back to the school he left in 2006 to give a talk to the youngsters about the importance of political engagement as they voted for their own school councillors and eco councillors. He said: “It’s great to be able to come back to the school and share my passion for politics. It’s a great way for children to learn about democracy.”

The school’s PSHE (personal, social, health education) coordinator Linda Tindall said: “It’s really important that the children think about issues such as freedom of speech and these school elections are an important part of learning about how elections work.”