Children's European referendum

Pupils Have Their Say in the Brexit Debate




Key Stage 2 pupils at Thirsk Community Primary School held their own EU referendum on Thursday 26 May, a month ahead of the national vote. The ‘in or out’ decision was hotly debated by pupils, before they received their ballot papers. Year 4 pupils, who organised the referendum, announced that there was a 90% turnout, with only 3 papers being spoilt. The count took place during the afternoon, with the result being announced in assembly the next day. 61 pupils voted in favour of leaving the EU, with only 46 voting to remain. Pupils now have real insight into the arguments surrounding the debate and are keen to see if the national outcome reflects theirs.