Tom Blenkinsop MP urges local school councils to enter Speaker’s School Council Awards

Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, today urged local schools to enter the Speaker’s School Council Awards.

The Speaker’s School Council Awards seeks to recognise the role that school councils have in promoting citizenship.

Tom said “I am delighted that the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, has is having these awards for pupils aged 4-19.

School councils are often the first democratic organisation young people will be involved in, and as such, I think they have a vital role in promoting and increasing awareness of politics and democracy.

Not only that, but young people in school councils often lead projects that will help not their fellow pupils, but also their broader community.

These awards are a fantastic opportunity for Parliament to recognise the hard work of these young people, and I will be writing to every school in my constituency to encourage them to enter this competition.”

Since this scheme launched in 2009, over 3,000 schools from throughout the United Kingdom have taken part. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2012. All entrants will receive a certificate, whilst the four winners will be invited to attend a gala day at Parliament.

For more information, schools can visit www.speakersschoolcouncil.org

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