Policies, not personalities: Seaford College Mock Election inspires debate

Making a choice in the mock electionAt Seaford College, we have 195 students in Years 12 and 13, and 62 of our Year 13 students will be eligible to vote on the 8th June. So, almost a third of the Sixth Form will be able to have a say in the UK’s next government.

Once the election campaign started to gain pace, several Seaford College Sixth Form students were keen to engage their fellow students in the debate, and held a Mock Election for the Seaford College Sixth Form.

Peter Tutykhin chairs mock electionBut, this was to be a Mock Election with a difference. The students wanted their classmates to engage with the policies, rather than personalities. So, six students were chosen to present the main policies of the three largest parties, focusing on areas that would mean the most to students. But instead of naming the parties, they presented the policies of party 1, 2, and 3, to their classmates.

The students covered topics ranging from Brexit and immigration, to tax and the NHS, and you can listen to the entire Mock Election on our very first Seaford College Park Life podcast, and hear the policies that were eloquently presented by our students.

English teacher Amy Doy, who organised the Mock Election, felt that it was a great success. “The students who actually presented the policies were very involved in the process and we worked out together which policies would be most relevant to their age group. 62 of the students in the Sixth Form are eligible to vote in the General Election in June, and of those that I spoke with afterwards, there was a definite sense that they were going to use that right. Even among those who won’t be able to vote, there was a real engagement with the election process, with many students asking afterwards who had won and discussing which policies they thought had proved most popular amongst their peers. The Mock Election was a great catalyst for political debate across the school and much of the success of it was due to the enthusiasm and energy of those who took part.”

We spoke with all the students involved in presenting the policies, about the issues that they felt were most important to them, and you can see more about this in our two videos below.

 

Alina Ivanets presents her parties policiesThe students certainly found it to be an interesting experience. “I think taking part in the Mock Election was quite important, to educate people about making choices because of policies rather than personalities, or just party names,” said Tom Schofield.

Alina Ivanets found it to be a “good experience for me, representing a party. It was quite interesting because people didn’t know the names of the parties, so I thought it made it quite equal. Maybe I’d consider a career in politics, I’m not sure. But I do want to change the world, contribute something, help to make it a better place to live.”

The Seaford College Sixth Form make their votesWhen it came to placing their votes, Seaford College Sixth form voted party 1, The Liberal Democrats, as their party of choice, with 46 votes. Party 3, The Conservatives, were their next favourite, with 39 votes, and party 2, The Labour party, were their third favourite party, with 28 votes. But with only 18 votes separating all three parties, it’s clear that there is a healthy range of political opinions at Seaford College.

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