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New laws suggested by Leeds pupils come top of competition

Pupils from Kerr Mackie Primary School , Roundhay, Leeds who have won a trip to the Houses of Parliamnent.  
Top from left, Bilal Ahmad, 11 ,Jamie Keeble, 11, Athul Dinesh, 10, Stan Ellison, 11,Kajol Kaur, 11  Isobel Mobbs, 10,    Front  Jaden Lee, 10, Jemma Bulpitt, 11, Charis Lenton, 11, Amber Curtis, 11
, picture by Steve Riding.

Pupils from Kerr Mackie Primary School , Roundhay, Leeds who have won a trip to the Houses of Parliamnent. Top from left, Bilal Ahmad, 11 ,Jamie Keeble, 11, Athul Dinesh, 10, Stan Ellison, 11,Kajol Kaur, 11 Isobel Mobbs, 10, Front Jaden Lee, 10, Jemma Bulpitt, 11, Charis Lenton, 11, Amber Curtis, 11 , picture by Steve Riding.

  • by Alison Bellamy
 

Year six children have come up with new ‘laws’ that should be introduced to improve everyday life for all.

The children aged 10 and 11 from a Leeds primary school have won a national competition with the ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ group.

The ten youngsters from Kerr Mackie Primary in Roundhay created a new ‘law’ that they thought would help people in Britain.

They enertered two out of three categories and won both for their suggestions of introducing a 20 mph limit outside all schools and also that the quality of school dinners should be monitored, following the horse meat scandal.

As winners they will spend the day in the Palace of Westminster, meeting with MPs and the Lord Speaker who will debate and discuss our laws. We are then showcasing the winning entries at the British Film Institute.

Year 6 teacher Fiona Harrand said: “They had to create a law that they thought would benefit people in Britain and present them in different ways. Each group was inspired by real-world events.

“They created a law that stated that ‘the quality and hygiene of school dinners should be regularly monitored by Ofsted’. Although the group are keen to acknowledge that our school dinners are excellent, they were inspired by the horse meat scandal and the concerns raised from the unknown sources of meat.”

The second law stated that ‘there should be a 20mph speed limit within 100 metres of every school’.

Mrs Harrand added: “Like many schools, we suffer from ‘school-run mayhem’ outside our gates at the start and end of every day. It has resulted in an accident involving a child, and police patrol. The group felt that a law like this would raise awareness of the issue.

The Year 6 pupils are excited about going to the Houses of Parliament. Pupil Athul Dinesh said: “When I first heard about winning the competition, excitement surged through me; I wasn’t expecting to win such an amazing prize.”

“We are so proud of their achievement and how they have voiced their opinions,” added Mrs Harrand.

Although the laws are not valid in the real world, the youngsters are delighted their suggestions have been acknowledged.

 

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