Exeter Road School students step into councillor's shoes

PUBLISHED: 16:55 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 10 June 2010

THE district council offices were overrun with under-age councillors in a special collaboration with Exeter Road Primary School.

THE district council offices were overrun with under-age councillors in a special collaboration with Exeter Road Primary School.

Year six students were at the East Devon District Council offices donning the role of councillor and learning about how decisions on housing and the environment are made.

The ten students discussed activities they would like to do in the countryside, stepped into the shoes of councillors in mock meetings, and discussed recycling as well as housing issues.

The visit was part of the curriculum's citizenship program and was the first time the council and schools participated in this joint venture.

Teacher Patricia Davies said: "It involved the students tackling difficult issues and maybe inspired a couple to become councillors later in life.

"The councillors were fantastic - we really wish we could have taken the whole class though and hope we can next year."

The students that attended will now do projects on their visit.

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