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On Friday 23rd January we were delighted to welcome Wavertree MP and Shadow Minister for Public Health Luciana Berger to the School, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our School Council. We are thrilled to announce that The Blue Coat School has been named runner up in the 2014 Speaker’s School Council competition, a prestigious and highly competitive national competition organised by the Parliamentary Education Service. Now in its fourth year, the competition encourages School Councils to share and celebrate their inspiring and worthwhile projects.

Our Council, which comprises 23 representatives, provides students with an opportunity to play an active and democratic role in The Blue Coat School community. Embarking on an interactive project designed to stimulate the School’s interest in politics, each week members of the Council delivered assemblies designed to provide an informative insight into the inner workings of the British political system.

The Council’s project also encouraged students to form their own political parties and manifestos and to take part in a series of political debates. Students of all ages embraced the Council’s excellent project with great enthusiasm, with each debate producing considered and articulate ideas. Events culminated with a mock general election, with voter turnout surpassing all expectations.

Presenting representatives of the Council with a special plaque and certificate to mark their achievements, Luciana was extremely proud of their desire and enthusiasm to promote an understanding and interest in politics.

In front of an audience of Sixth Form politics students Luciana answered several questions regarding her opinions on the NHS Reform Bill and what her greatest political achievements have been both nationally and locally.

Well done to all our School Councillors for your great contribution to the School community and to everyone who took part in the project.

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