Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, recently paid a visit to Burnside Primary School to chair a Westminster-style debate on school uniform.
Facing each other in the school hall, year five and six children debated why it was necessary to wear a uniform rather than their normal clothes.
The visit gave the children experience of political life in Westminster and a chance to find out about the work Bridget does in the House of Commons.
Liz Scribbins, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “Having the opportunity to meet Bridget and take part in a debate with our local Member of Parliament has given our pupils an insight into how important issues and different opinions are discussed and decided upon in Westminster.
“The pupils picked their own topic debate, and it seemed to go very well with each having their say on the pros and cons.
“The debate also teaches the children about issues to do with citizenship, and the importance of them having their own opinions and own points of view.”
Bridget said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity of visiting the school to see for myself the excellent work being done by staff and pupils.
“I greatly enjoyed chairing the debate and seeing how animated the children were when putting forward their point of view.
“I hope this has given the pupils a greater awareness of the democratic process and an insight into the life of an MP.”