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posted 30 Apr 2015, 05:49 by
With the build up to the election I decided to focus my next run of assemblies on the leaders of all the political parties running in the election.  My first assembly on this topic was to Year 11 on Tuesday 21 April 2015.  The purpose of the assembly was to examine the educational experience of all of those leaders, consider what the aspirations and skills of those people growing up would have been and to encourage our students to take an interest in the unfolding events.  I encouraged them to be interested, ask questions and challenge all the rhetoric of both the politicians and the media. I emphasised that these are the people who will determine how much tax we pay, whether the National Health Service and educational issues are addressed and whether our country is economically viable.   

We had previously invited local parliamentary candidates to come and talk to our 6th formers, some of whom will be able to vote in this election.  I am glad to say that two of them were able to attend, Giles Watling for the Conservative party and Tim Young for the Labour party.  I could not have imagined that on Wednesday 22 April we would receive a request for a senior cabinet minister to hold a meeting at the College.  It was not until Friday morning that we knew it would be The Right Honourable David Cameron, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service.  To have the opportunity to speak with someone who represents the highest office that any commoner can hold, was an honour and we were determined that at least some of our students would enjoy the opportunity to meet him.  I am pleased to say that I also was given the chance to speak to him personally and you will not be surprised to know that I raised a number of issues of concern and in particular the difficulty that all schools are having with funding.  I appreciated the fact that he gave his time and listened to what I had to say.  The Year 11 students, who were able to be part of this occasion, were able to experience a part of the process that forms the build up to a   general election.  They were able to speak with the Prime Minister and you will not be surprised to know that they were outstanding in their representation of fellow students.  It was also gratifying to hear the Prime Minister praising the work done at Tendring Technology College.