Kids take part in lively debate

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YOUNGSTERS got a taste of life as a politician when they were allowed to hold a debate in a historic council chamber.

Children from primary and secondary schools across Sheffield were invited to the Town Hall for a day of speaking and listening activities.

The event, called City Talks, was organised by Sheffield Council in a bid to boost literacy and communication levels, as figures have shown that up to 10 per cent of the city’s children have persistent speech problems.

They took part in a philosophy for children enquiry and a debate in the council chamber.

Coun Jackie Drayton, council cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “It was wonderful to see all the children in the chamber and to hear them debating - I would have loved a chance like this when I was their age.”