EU referendum debate

Fifty students filled the learning hub on the 21st June to witness a debate between Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, and former UKIP MEP Derek Clark. Michael Ellis represented the ‘Remain’ campaign, whilst Derek Clark represented the ‘Leave’ side. Both speakers started by introducing themselves and their point of view, and it quickly became apparent that the biggest challenge for myself was going to be restricting politicians to keeping their answers short! Students then asked questions to both sides, ranging from housing to immigration, the NHS to trade deals, and Michael Ellis commented at the end how impressed he was with the knowledge our students possessed on political matters and the EU. Some of the students taking part were year 13’s who will be able to vote for the first time on the 23rd June, so this was particularly relevant for them. It was also a pleasure to see so many year 11 students, having finished their GCSE’s and taking part in post 16 induction days, stay behind at the end of the day to be involved in the debate. A follow up event will take place for post 16 students over the next week to further discuss the answers given.

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