'Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers.'
Hillcrest Primary School Council has evolved into a School Parliament. Here a group of pupils, Members of Parliament, (MPs) are elected by their peers to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
What are the aims of our School Parliament?
We have 3 aims:-
1. Improve the school
2. Improve the local community
3. Help to achieve the United Nations global goals
This will be achieved by:-
• Working and learning together
• Learning about democracy
• Learning how to play a positive role model in our community
Our MPs are also our House Captains and Vice Captains. From this parliament ‘committees’ have been formed. Our older children thought about the types of committees that would benefit all of the children in our school as well as our community. The School Parliament committees meet every fortnight, in order to work on their termly goals. These may include improving our school grounds, ideas for fundraising events, equalities and biodiversity.
Our MPs gather the thoughts from the rest of the school throughout the term informally as well as at their formal termly Class Parliament meeting. Our MPs report back to staff and children via their termly assembly. MPs are also responsible for running a Class Parliament termly meeting in order to listen to ideas from
How does our Class Parliament work?
• Each class will elect a School Parliament member
• Our Class Parliament will have a meeting every term, six times a year.
• The class decide what they are going to talk about the day before the meeting so that everybody has time to think
• A different person runs the meeting each time, with help from their teacher if it is needed
• A different person takes notes each time, with help from their teacher if it is needed
• The School Parliament Member from each class and one other person from the class will go to the School Parliament meeting every term to put across the classes view.
What will staff do for the School Parliament?
• Each committee has at least one staff member in the group
• Make sure meetings happen when they are supposed to
• Support pupils to run meetings
Staff role in Class Parliament Meetings
• Ensure that there is time given for meetings
• Initially model chairing a meeting
• Support class discussions
Why do we need a School Parliament?
• To allow the voice of over 400 children to be heard
• To work alongside all the children in a collaborative manner
• To improve the school for everyone
• To be a positive role model who ignites aspiration in themselves and others
• To be an extension to the extra work that all the adults already do
Our committees, as chosen by the children:
- School Grounds
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Healthy Living
Due to Covid-19 each committee is made up of children from one year group.