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School Parliament

Article 13: Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

The School Council is composed of 2 representatives from Reception to Year 6. During the first weeks of term all classes invite prospective school council reps to give a speech to the class explaining how they will represent their views on the school council.

Each class then has a democratic secret ballot for Key Stage 2 and a blind count for Key Stage 1 to choose their representatives.  This is linked to our promotion of British Values.

The school council meets around twice every half term and considers all aspects of school life. They have been involved in interviewing prospective teachers, decided on spending priorities and designs to improve the school grounds, and help to organise fund raising events for both school and the wider community. They also regularly discuss school issues and factors affecting teaching and learning that children have raised.

Recent School Council meeting outcomes/plans:

  • Working together to choose and provide new playground markings for our school outdoor area. Together we decided to select the ‘premium roadway’ for the children at Rosa Street to enjoy.
  • Working with the Rights Respecting group to help develop anti-bullying strategies and promote positive playtimes by encouraging collaborative play in the school so ALL children feel safe.
  • We have arranged to work with The NSPCC’S ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ Our School Council will be holding a fundraising event to support the NSPCC, and make decisions regarding workshops in the run up to the programme to ensure that children at Rosa Street are giving the knowledge and understanding they need to help them stay safe.
  • We are also aiming this year to develop partnerships with the Spennymoor Town Council and other local agencies to allow children to make a positive difference in their local community.

School Council Update

Our school parliament are passionate about making a difference in our school. The children are full of great ideas which will improve our school community! Within school parliament our British Values play a huge role! Democracy is used to elect members from each class as well as to vote within our meetings.

What is School Parliament?
School Parliament is an exciting opportunity for students to have their voices heard and actively contribute to decision-making in our school. It represents YOU and helps shape the future of our school community.

How does it work?
As members of the School Parliament, our children have the chance to discuss important issues, brainstorm creative solutions, and collaborate with staff and fellow students. Together, we can create positive change and improve the learning experience for everyone!

Who can join?
School Parliament is open to ALL students who are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to making our school a better place. Whether you’re a natural leader or simply want to have your say, we welcome everyone to be a part of this amazing team!

Benefits of joining:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Strengthen teamwork abilities
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Gain experience in decision-making processes

How can you get involved? 
If you’re interested in joining the School Parliament, speak Miss Simpson who will let you know when our next meeting is!

Remember, all voices matters!  Let’s work together to create a school community where everyone feels heard and valued!

Relevant documents:
School Parliament
School Parliament Department Action Plans
Action Plan 2023-24