It has been a busy and interesting term for Oakham’s Politics Department - keeping pupils up to date with all of the latest political developments, as well as arranging a snap mock election!
The Politics Department has, for many years, always endeavoured to run mock general elections; to mirror what’s happening in the wider world, as well as to encourage engagement amongst the pupil body. This year is no different – despite the incredibly short turnaround time.
“This has been another great opportunity for pupils to engage with the voting process and explore political issues of the day, particularly in these turbulent times where the effectiveness of UK parliamentary democracy is being put under great scrutiny,” says Mr James Farrar, Teacher of Politics & International Relations.
Each mock election begins with pupils standing up for nomination to the parties they would like to represent. Oakham’s four candidates are Upper School pupils who are studying UK & Global Politics at A-level or as part of the IB Diploma.
George is representing the Conservative Party, Adam the Brexit Party, James the Labour Party, and Annabel the Liberal Democrats. The pupils have already been busy attending morning roll call hustings in Oakham’s 12 Middle and Upper School Houses and will continue on their ‘campaign trail’ until the mock election is held on Monday 9 December.
The candidates are tackling the key policy issues of Brexit, Immigration, the Economy and the Environment – amongst others. During their talks with other pupils, they are fielding questions and encouraging political conversations. All pupils in the Middle and Upper School will have their say in the mock election, voting in-house, before the results are announced on Tuesday 10 December in the Wilson Auditorium.