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Goodmayes students grill councillors in ‘Question Time’ style debate

PUBLISHED: 11:41 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 24 October 2016

Local Cllrs and police taking part in a Question Time debate at Mayfield School in Goodmayes

Local Cllrs and police taking part in a Question Time debate at Mayfield School in Goodmayes

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Sixth form students grilled councillors yesterday in a “Question Time” style debate at their school, in Goodmayes.

The debate, which was ran as part of Local Democracy Week, saw the students aged between 16 and 18, at Mayfield school, in Pedley Road, Goodmayes, take charge of the whole event.

Head girl Monifah Kiani, year 13. said all the students found it a useful experience.

She said: “I think the Youth Debate is a beneficial way for Mayfield students to engage with current affairs and local issues.

“The student-led nature allows for us to become as involved as possible with ideas we want to get across as a collective student body.”

The event, which was organised by the debate club, was chaired by Imany Yehia, year 13, and Saman Haque, year 12, and topics included lowering the voting age to 16, as it was in Scotland last year.

Sound, lighting and stage was managed by Harry Shone, year 12, and filming was done by Year 13 media class.

Fateha Ahmed, a front of house co-ordinator, said: “Everyone who was involved in the debate thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Our head teacher, Andy Rehling, was very impressed with how efficiently the event was organised and was grateful to the councillors for taking their time out to spend time with young people.

“Our year 12 and 13 audience members came to see me after the event to say how much fun they’d had and that it exceeded their expectations.

“Cllr Paul Canal was highly impressed with one of students Anya Lesforis who asked four back to back questions!

“The councillor offered to be quoted in Anya’s UCAS personal statement.”

Cllr Ian Bond said: “The questions that were asked this morning, such as that of mental health issues, would never have been asked when I was in school which shows how socially aware students are today of the problems around us.”


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