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Teens take on the challenge to run the council

Published Tuesday, 22 November 2016

[Written by 14 year old Beccy from The Ferrers School, as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge.]

The Takeover Challenge is a largely successful project where children get to experience the work of adult government staff and are able to make decisions to help the local community.


This month East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) welcomed three students, Ethan (year 11, Huxlow School), Beccy (year 10, The Ferrers School) and Sian (year 10, Prince William School) who took over Community Partnerships, Communications and Waste Services.


Julia Smith, Head of Customer and Community Services, explained why ENC agreed to the Takeover Challenge: “We saw it advertised and thought it was a good idea. We want young people to be more involved in what we do and hear about what they think. I think it is really important that young people have a voice in how our services are delivered.”


One of the Takeover students, Ethan, said: “I wanted to come today because I thought it would be interesting to see how the council works and helps people. It has given me a deeper understanding and I would like to be a politician one day.”


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  • The students also attended a Corporate Management Team meeting and a Licensing panel.
  • A special thanks goes to Northants Police who assisted with the Licensing panel. Attendance from PC Dave Bryan, Licensing Officer gave the students an authentic experience.