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Year 12 Politics Students take on Candidate Roles in NLS Mock Election

Our Year 12 Politics students took on key roles this week with NLS holding a mock election for all students.

Students, Leo, Karim, Noah, Isaac, Raph and James took on the challenge of each representing a party, based on those who have taken place in the election debates on TV (Conservatives, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru , Reform & the SNP (whilst the students volunteered to represent the parties of their choosing they were not necessarily ones they personally believed in.)

Once decided their first task was to create a one minute video in which each student representative eloquently summed:

  • How to support the economy
  • How to improve the NHS
  • How to provide for young people
  • How to make the education system even better

As part of their campaign each student also made a poster which were displayed in the Sixth Form Study and Social areas

Tutor time for all year groups on Tuesday was dedicated to the Election, with students able to discuss what was meant by a General Election before watching the videos from the seven student representatives and discuss the four areas each had covered.   With time for students to then also reflect personally on what appealed to them it was time to cast their vote on the voting slip provided.


Two representatives in each tutor group took the votes to the library where a ballot box had been set up and once voting had closed, our librarians carefully counted the student votes.

Today (July 4) the eagerly anticipated results were announced in Tutor time:

Conservatives                   4%
Green                               16%
Labour                              44%
Liberal Democrats             7%
Plaid Cymru                        1% 
Reform                             21%     
Scottish Nationalist           1.3%
Spoilt Papers                     5.7%

Our Year 12 Students did a fantastic job,  the aim of the mock election was to stimulate further interest in the real Election event and for all students to engage with the democratic process.

Students enjoyed being able to vote and really engaged with the content.  We hoped this would an enriching and relevant educational experience, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about how democratic processes work including campaigning, evaluating candidates and understanding different viewpoints before making informed decisions when voting.

Likewise for our Politics students, who were able to play a key role in this exercise and bring to life aspects of their learning.

Well done to all the candidates for all their hard work and enthusiasm.