Pupils at Melton’s St Francis Catholic Primary School vote in favour of staying in the EU after engaging in their own debate

Year 5 pupils get ready for their EU debate and voting EMN-160621-132706001

Year 5 pupils get ready for their EU debate and voting EMN-160621-132706001

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Children at St Francis Catholic Primary School cast their votes in a secret ballot after engaging in their very own EU debate this morning (Tuesday).

It was part of the school’s efforts to engage the pupils with the EU referendum. Year 5 pupils, who have been learning all about the topic, held a debate in front of the school and then children from Years 2 to 6, as well as some staff and parents who listened to the debate, took part in a secret ballot.

The school voted 68 per cent in favour of staying in the EU, with 135 votes, compared to 64 votes in favour of leaving.

Year 5 class teacher Helen Barrs said: “The children have really enjoyed getting their teeth into a serious topic, finding out as much as they can about the pros and cons of staying in the EU.

“The pupils absolutely loved it and they’re really gutted they can’t vote in today’s actual EU referendum. “They really considered the arguments and some changed their opinion after hearing the debate.

“We’ve also been talking to the pupils about democracy, the importance of voting and using your vote.”