North Devon Council will be among those encouraging youngsters to take an interest in politics

Schools across North Devon are gearing up for Local Democracy Week.

The week of events, organised in conjucntion with North Devon Council, kicks off on Monday.

It will include a mock planning committee meeting with pupils and councillors; a 'Question Time' event giving pupils the opportunity to quiz representatives from the NHS, police and councillors; tours of the council offices and 'back to the classroom' visits for councillors.

It is all about encouraging young people to take an interest in politics, with seven schools taking part across the district.

Leader of North Devon Council, Cllr Des Brailey, said: "Local Democracy Week is a favourite of mine; it's an excellent opportunity to get out there and meet the decision makers of the future.

"The events are always well received by the pupils and councillors and they are great fun."

Political speed dating, which is a regular favourite, is also planned for November.

If your school is interested in joining in next year, contact the council on 01271 388253 or email