Modern Studies - Every vote counts

26th March 2010 at 00:00

Election fever has hit Broughton High in Edinburgh, where pupils have held their first "Democracy Week".

The school, in partnership with the Inverleith Community Learning and Development team, organised a range of events, all exploring the theme of democracy. These included a mock Question Time with a panel consisting of local councillors and a Scottish Youth Parliament member, a debating competition and the screening of films.

Pupils also attended a series of lunchtime lectures on democracy, with talks from Engender, The European Movement and the Electoral Reform Society.

Pupils from Edinburgh Academy, The Royal High and Fettes College joined Broughton for a debating competition on the topic "Should prisoners have the right to vote?" The school has invited the wider community to attend hustings of parliamentary candidates.

Diane Burgess, principal teacher of guidance, said: "At Broughton, we believe passionately that we should be preparing our young people for all aspects of life beyond school and this event fully embodies that belief."

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