Politics Matters

School pupils are politicians for the day at Leeds Beckett University

This annual event is delivered in conjunction with the Leeds Beckett University Politics and Applied Global Ethics Department and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School.  Around sixty Year 10 students from a number of schools across Leeds take part in a lecture and a workshop centred around current politic hot topics such as General & Local Elections, Brexit and Pressure Groups. 

We invite local councillors and other political figures to take part in a healthy debate with the students.  Previous guests have included Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, who spoke about her experiences and future plans.  We have also welcomed David Rhodes, a journalist from the BBC. David gave an insight into how the BBC gathers and reports the results on election night.  

Dr Paul Wetherly, Reader in Politics at Leeds Beckett, commented: "This event, in partnership with Roundhay and Cardinal Heenan, is an important part of our focus on work with schools and public engagement. The initiative came from the schools and working with them has been a really positive experience. In an age that is characterised in terms of political disengagement, particularly among young people, it was wonderful to have a room full of 14 and 15 year-olds who were enthusiastic about politics. Their presentations were very impressive”.

The next Politics Matters event will be held on Wednesday 12th June 2019.