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LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK - CHILDREN BECOME COUNCILLORS FOR A DAY IN SHEFFIELD

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Pupils from a Sheffield school became city councillors for a day on Wednesday as part of Local Democracy Week and t...
Pupils from a Sheffield school became city councillors for a day on Wednesday as part of Local Democracy Week and the council's drive to increase participation in local democracy.

Pupils of Birley School took part in a mock council meeting in the town hall prior to the full meeting of the city council.

Their debate was conducted along the lines of a regular meeting of one of the council's committees, and the pupils were given advice on how to conduct the meeting according to council procedures.

They debated how a grant to their school should be spent, and were provided with papers by council officials setting out options to help them reach their decisions.

They then had the opportunity of listening to the council debate to see how adults do it, and to meet the lord mayor, Frank White.
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