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Youngsters raise the roof in council chamber

Youngsters raise the roof in council chamber

Published at 10:22am 15th June 2015. (Updated at 5:45pm 15th June 2015)

Children from eight primary schools across North Yorkshire have given Prime Minister's Questions a run for its money.

They gathered at County Hall to thrash out their arguments in the final of a debating competition.

The annual event, which was started three years ago by North Yorkshire County Council's former chairman, Councillor Cliff Trotter, has grown year-on-year.

This year, 48 schools have been involved, with heats held in every district of the county.

The finalists were Hutton Rudby Community Primary School, Hambleton; Richmond Methodist Primary School; Burton Leonard Primary School and Staveley Community Primary School, Harrogate; Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School, Ryedale; Ingleton Community Primary School, Craven; Northstead Primary School, Scarborough and Tadcaster Riverside Community Primary School, Selby.

The topic of debate was "Are children healthier and happier now than their parents were at the same age?" and Ingleton was the overall winner by just one point.

Councillor Trotter, who chaired the event, said: "The competition has become increasingly popular. We already have more schools lining up to become involved next year.

"The children get an awful lot from doing it and headteachers and teachers have become increasingly keen to get involved as they realise the benefit for their pupils."

Year 6 pupil Jed Cartledge, one of the proposers for Ingleton, said: "It's great to come here and see how it all works and where councils make decisions, it really gives you confidence."

Matilda Braund, Ingleton's Year 6 teacher, added: "The children have enjoyed this so much. They love to compete against each other and preparing for this has raised the quality of their writing and speaking and listening.

"It has really pushed them - a very positive challenge."

You can hear more about the debating competition on the 12 June edition of Your County on Stray Extra.