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Pupils get a chance to question the prime minister


PUPILS from Culcheth Primary School got a chance to question prime minister Boris Johnson during a visit to 10 Downing Street.

Three pupils from the school were part of a “children’s lobby” who quizzed the prime minister on the topic “Looking to the Future”

He faced questions from the youngsters on topics like Brexit, climate change, technology and what he wanted to be when he was a child.

The Culcheth pupils – who were accompanied by teachers and were the only Warrington children to be invited to go on the visit – asked Mr Johnson about climate change and how he was going to raise awareness of the issue within the Government.

They were invited to Downing Street because of the school’s participation in the Primary Futures programme, which sees volunteers from the world of work talking with primary school children about their job and how they use different school subjects in their career.

The idea is to bring learning to life, raise aspirations and broaden horizons. Culcheth Primary have previously hosted volunteers from the world of work and will be hosting an event in Science week, March 6-15, when volunteers will attend a “What’s My Line?” Assembly, when children will guess the jobs of the volunteers.

According to research by the charity behind Primary Futures, Education and Employers, children as young as six have already begun to form stereotypes about who can do which job. By meeting and asking questions to people from the world of work Culcheth Primary is helping to challenge these stereotypes and broaden their children’s horizons.

The Prime Minister was their highest profile interviewee yet.

The three lucky pupils were inspired by the visit. They received a behind the scenes tour of Downing Street, including being able to sit around the cabinet table. They loved learning about the history of the building and about former prime ministers.

Interested schools and volunteers can find out more and register for free at www.primaryfutures.org

Picture by Andrew Parsons


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