Local schools visit Council for debate with the Mayor

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:12am

School pupils in Tonbridge and Malling learned more about local government and decision making when they popped along to meet the Mayor at the Borough Council’s offices in Kings Hill last week.

On Friday 3 November more than 70 pupils representing 14 schools across the borough met with the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton to have a chat and take part in a debate in the Council Chamber on the following subjects: -

  • Should we have Grammar Schools and the 11+ Test?
  • Should Children have homework?
  • Online Safety and Cyberbullying – should children be allowed online?

The schools were invited by the Mayor with the aim of giving younger residents the opportunity to learn how local government affects them and to express their views.  There was also the opportunity to find out about the role of Mayor as well as the Council’s Youth Forum.

The Mayor showed the young people around the Mayor’s Parlour where he hosts many events and meetings throughout the year and chatted with them. Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton says: “The event went really well and it was very interesting to hear their views and learn about their experience of life in Tonbridge and Malling. I think it’s important that young people understand the Government system and use it as a way of expressing their views, which they did, very well indeed.”

The TM Youth Forum works with a number of organisations to develop activities, events and facilities for young people in Tonbridge and Malling. Any young person aged 11 - 18 can join the TM Youth Forum.  To find out more find Tonbridge and Malling Youth Forum on Facebook, email leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876166.