THE staff and pupils of Dines Green Community Primary School in Worcester used the democratic process of the recent General Election to launch their own 'Pupil Parliament'.

Re-elected Conservative MP Robin Walker visited the school during May to explain the role of an MP and the types of skills and values required.

The children then had the opportunity to consider the school values and how they could be promoted.

Children were encouraged to nominate themselves as members of pupil parliament (MPPS) and launch their own campaigns to encourage their peers to vote for them.

Catherine Stitchman, school spokesman, said: "The school was a hive of activity designing and creating badges, rosettes, posters and writing impressive speeches.

"Parents were extremely supportive and attended a parliament workshop to help their with their campaigns.

"Our fabulous year six children took on the role of designing and issuing ballot papers and counting and checking the votes.

"The children enjoyed making their voting choices, completing and posting their ballot in our confidential ballot station.

"MMPs were announced in a special assembly and the children were very proud of their achievements.

"The whole school voted for a Prime Minister and a deputy Prime Minister.

"The whole school, from our very youngest to the oldest, have been very excited about the launch of our pupil parliament and it has greatly enhanced understanding of democracy and preparing for life in modern Britain.

"The children have taken on the slogan of 'everybody counts' and our parliament aims to be a fantastic way to promote pupil voice and strengthen independence, communication and happiness within our school community."