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Children as lawyers 

HEC’s first event for Who Do We Think We Are? Week was for teachers and children to learn about the job of solicitors and children’s rights.
 
Three primary schools and a secondary school came to the Town Hall on Tuesday 22nd June. The programme included meeting and interviewing the nationally famous solicitor Mark Stephens, who is also Chair of the University of East London where he graduated from. Mark Stephens specialises in Media cases, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
The children acted as legal teams in a case where Mark was the key solicitor, he represented one the oldest democratic school in the world, Summerhill, when inspectors threatened it with closure. The story has since been made into a Children’s BBC film. Teams of children either represented the Government School Inspectors or Summerhill. They researched and discussed the evidence, interviewed a person playing the main inspector and then interviewed a person playing Summerhill’s Principal. They made concluding speeches for or
against the closure of the school after which all the children acted as judges and held a vote.
 
The votes at the end were: to close the school, 5 votes; to stop the school from closing, 16 votes; abstentions, 5 votes. The children visited the Mayor’s parlour and learnt about his role from the Mayor’s team. They also learnt about local government and the use of the council debating chamber.
 
We are planning to organise a visit to Mark Stephens offices, and to put a video interview of him online.