Pupil Parliament. Its design promotes pupil leadership opportunities and enables children to develop valuable communication, organisation and debating skills through key roles, responsibilities and new experiences.
This Pupil Parliament structure provides opportunities for more than one hundred and thirty pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 to be actively involved in the way that Mead Primary School is run. Pupil Parliament benefits all pupils, staff and parents and the wider community because it provides opportunities for pupils to voice their opinions as well as influence the decisions that are made on their behalf. Pupils relish the opportunity to become a greater part of school life, enjoy making their voices heard and seeing the results of their decisions.
What are the aims of the Pupil Parliament?
- Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible.
- Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views.
- Feed back to pupils about what happened about their views.
- Action decisions that have been made or explain why they can’t happen.
How does Pupil Parliament Work?
Pupil Parliament is divided into eight sub-committees which regularly meet with their team leader to discuss issues raised by their classes and other important areas that they want to promote and improve.
Each committee runs meetings with clear agendas where members take on different roles as responsibilities. The Chair Person(s) sets the agenda and leads the meetings, the Secretary takes the minutes (which are updated below for you to read) and the Treasurer is responsible for committee’s budget. The committee members work together on their chosen projects, lead meetings with their own classes and discuss challenges and resolutions with different members of staff. This is to ensure that the views of the school are listened to, debated and acted upon so that Pupil Parliament gets the best outcome for every project.
Once a term, all the committees meet together as a full Pupil Parliament. Pupils work together to evaluate the progress that has been made, the steps that need to be taken next and to prepare for their full school assembly where classmates are updated on the projects that have been undertaken. During assembly, pupils get the opportunity to question them on their completed work and plans going forward. Pupils are held to account, not only by their peers, but through a yearly presentation to Governors and termly newsletters to the wider community.
Who can be a member of a Pupil Parliament committee?
Any pupil from Year 1 to Year 6 can apply for a position on a committee. Each candidate can give a short speech or presentation explaining why they want the responsibility of a role on a given committee and then a class election is held.