TULLIBODY school pupils were giving local politicians a run for their money with a special event last week.

Youngsters at Abercromby PS were able to see first-hand how the wheels of democracy turn as they took part in political debate and classroom elections

The proceedings were inspired by the Your Vote Week, a campaign by the Electoral Commission which aims to engage young people in the political process.

At Abercromby, the P6 pupils learned about the democratic system and how kids are impacted by their government by comparing the rights they have with children living under different forms of government.

Having learned about the different areas of government, the students designed a leaflet to inform visitors to the Scottish Parliament on topics such as how MSPs are elected, what powers Holyrood holds and the different roles performed there.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, spokesperson for education, said: "As a local government politician it is wonderful to see schools engaging in politics as well as encouraging children to understand and get involved in the voting process.

"Initiatives such as Your Vote Week are a great way to ensure future generations are ready to shape the Scottish landscape."

VOICES HEARD: Abercromby pupils took part in a democracy day at school. Picture courtesy of Clackmannanshire Council

VOICES HEARD: Abercromby pupils took part in a democracy day at school. Picture courtesy of Clackmannanshire Council

The school was also visited by Angela McGarrigle from the Scottish Parliament Outreach Team who spoke to the pupils about what its like to work in Scottish Government, as well as how the presiding officer is an impartial role, just like a teacher in a classroom.

Armed with their newfound political knowledge, the pupils were ready for debate. They formed their own political parties, which included party names, slogans and logos, before running their leadership contest, producing manifestos and outlining ideas to improve the school and community for the youth of Tullibody.

Some party prospective policies included: Free swimming lessons, a shorter school day, train station in Cambus, banning cigarettes, more clothes shops in Tullibody and an electric car trade in scheme

Once leaders were elected, the parties were ready to battle it out in a rigorous debate on why their policies are the best for Tullibody.

The students then used the council's official polling booths and ballot boxes on loan from the election team and poll clerks were assigned to try to reflect a real-life voting experience before learners voted for their chosen party.