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Children take over the council chamber

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The annual primary school debates return to this month when schoolchildren from more than 20 borough schools debate a range of hot topics in the council house.

Each motion lasts 30 minutes with students from each school presenting their case for and against, with all debates chaired by a local councillor.

The motions proposed include a ban on mobile phones for primary school aged children; that all primary school children should receive free school meal; that shops should stop selling drinks in plastic bottles and that parents should ask their children’s permission before posting photographs of them on social media.

The year 5 and 6 children prepare their arguments with their teachers at school and come to the Dudley Council House to present their case in the council chamber.

Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children and young people said:

The debates are always really popular and a great opportunity for the children to flex their intellectual muscles in the prestigious setting of the council chamber.
I’m always impressed with the thought and planning clearly goes into presenting their case, and along with my fellow councillors chairing these debates, I look forward to seeing what they come up with this year.”

Primary schools taking part include Milking Bank, Church of Ascension, Dudley Wood, Roberts, Ham Dingle, Pedmore CE, Dingle Community, Bramford, Lapal, Newfield Park, Dawley Brook, St Mary’s CE, Peters Hill, Greenfield, St Mark’s CE, Maidensbridge, St James’ CE, St Joseph’s RC, Ashwood Park, Brook, Queen Victoria, Christ Church, Lutley, Jessons CE.

The debates will be chaired by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, the deputy Mayor Councillor Hilary Bills and a host of councillors including Councillor Alan Lees, Councillor Peter Miller, Councillor Colin Elcock, Councillor Nicolas Barlow, Councillor Tim Crumpton, Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children and young people and Councillor David Stanley.

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