Why have we changed from School Council to Pupil Parliament?
School Council was originally designed as a group of children being elected by their peers to represent their class ideas. We have now structured our Pupil Parliament to ensure that pupil leadership opportunities are given to all of the children at Wallace Fields Infant School & Nursery. This allows every child at our school to have their voice heard and to become a greater part of our school life!
The DfE states that ‘’schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’’
It is important for us as a school to reinforce British Values within our pupil parliament. Our aim is for all children’s voice to be heard through Democracy. Children are also taught the reason and values behind laws and we encourage children to actively make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Many of our pupil parliament discussions also involve talking about mutual respect for others and the children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights as well as those of others.
Our Pupil Parliament
Our pupil parliament takes place every three weeks. Each class is introduced to our focus for that week and a circle time takes place for children to share their ideas as a whole class before our meeting. Two children are then selected to come and share their class ideas in our pupil parliament discussion. The pupil parliament members are responsible for feeding back information, thoughts and ideas from their class to the meetings. The children represent the views of all pupils to improve our school.
Our main focus in the Autumn term has been to discuss ways in which we can feel safe in our school, whilst following school rules and remaining in our bubbles. Our aim is to ensure that every child feels valued and safe in our school.
We look forward to what this academic year holds!