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 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 children as possible.
- Ensure pupils’ voices are heard and views shared.
- Feedback to pupils about the outcomes of Pupil Parliament meetings.
- Action decisions that have been made or explain why they can’t happen.
- Make meaningful change to improve school life for the children at Mead.
- Update the Pupil Parliament page on the school website.
How does Pupil Parliament Work?
- Pupil Parliament meets fortnightly and members of Pupil Parliament will take questions and ideas back to their classes to collect their peers’ opinions. All members of Pupil Parliament have notebooks for the sole purpose of making notes in meetings and speaking to their classmates.
- A class assembly will be held on a Tuesday when a decision is being made and needs to be explained to the school or when a decision has been made and needs to be shared with the school. Members of Pupil Parliament lead the sharing of this information to their year groups.
- A member of Pupil Parliament takes minutes in each meeting and these ideas will be uploaded onto the Pupil Parliament page on the school website and shared with key staff as required.
- Pupil Parliament are responsible for communicating successes and projects with parents and governors, as well as staff and children.
Who can be a member of a Pupil Parliament committee?
Any pupil from Year 1 to Year 6 can apply for a position. Each candidate can give a short speech or presentation explaining why they want the responsibility of a role then a class election is held, where one candidate is elected by the class and one is elected by the teacher.
Pupil Parliament Projects
- Ukraine Appeal – Pupil Parliament researched information and created a PowerPoint which they shared in KS1 and KS2 assemblies to raise awareness. The school raised over £600 for the Ukraine Appeal.
Link to the PowerPoint the children created for the assemblies: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13B1x3knGzIg-BwAnMrmm8hJW6H_kkaCY/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=115397095803804709109&rtpof=true&sd=true
Counting the money raised…
We raised £632.66!
- Comic Relief – KS1 created posters to raise awareness for Comic Relief. The school raised over £600.
- Pupil Parliament interviewed candidates and helped to appoint the permanent Head of School.
Ready to ask the candidates questions.
- Pupil Parliament worked on the Uniform Policy and agreed the final policy.
- Pupil Parliament worked with Ms Holmes on the Marking and Feedback Policy and agree the final policy.
Pupil Parliament Ongoing Projects Started This Year:
- Pupil Parliament are sorting all lost property. They are handing back uniform with names in and washing uniform with no name. They plan to sell the washed uniform at reduced prices to help out with rising costs and to raise some money for the school’s farm area project.
Pupil Parliament had everyone being Spotacular on Friday 18th November and the school donated what they could to Children in Need.
- Children in Pupil Parliament were grown ups for the afternoon and observed how children learn across the school. They took notes about how well children followed the Mead Creed, and will feedback to pupils and adults about what they found out.
Well done Pupil Parliament!