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School Parliament

So what is school parliament?

To put it simply, it is all about pupils participating in the organisation of Whaplode Church of England Primary School. Pupils do this by representing the voices of their peers and taking part in formal meetings throughout the school year. The parliament is actively involved in encouraging the rights of all pupils to be involved in decisions that affect them and their education.

How does it work and when did it start?

2015-2016 is Whaplode Church of England Primary School Parliament’s inaugural year. The School Parliament is made up of representatives from every year group from 1-6 (known as ‘MSPs’ – Members of the School Parliament) giving a total of 12 members. The Parliament is led and managed by a team of students consisting of a Deputy Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and a supporting Cabinet. The purpose of School Parliament is to allow pupil voice to be a key part of the organisation of Whaplode Church of England Primary School. It is envisaged that the School Parliament will have many successes in positively influencing school policy.

The Parliament was initially established by Mrs Roberts and will now continue to be overseen by Miss Padley. The Parliament meets termly, sometimes twice termly. Each MSP also attends one of five committees that are formed around key focus areas for the year.

This year our areas of focus are:

  1. Teaching and Learning
  2. The School Environment
  3. Community and Fundraising
  4. Health, Sport and Recreation
  5. Publicity and Communication

Here is an outline of the responsibilities of each cabinet:

Ministers for teaching and learning

These ministers are responsible for:

Ministers for each class/Year group

These ministers are responsible for:

Ministers for Community and Fundraising

These ministers are responsible for:

Ministers for Health, Sport and Recreation

These ministers are responsible for:

If rules or rosters are needed for games they would be asked to make rulings/rosters and put them in print if needed.

Ministers for The School Environment

These ministers are responsible for:

Ministers for Publicity and Communication

These ministers are responsible for:

Autumn term

Since arriving back at school this term, we have elected a new school parliament. The children were asked to deliver a presentation to their peers about why they should be elected and from thereon we have established the parliament with two MP’s coming from each year group Y1-Y6.

The successful members are:

Y1: Oliver and Ariana
Y2: Enyah and Luke
Y3: Keira and Aaron
Y4: Sam and Eden
Y5: Madison and Leeland
Y6: Reece and Olivia

In the Autumn term, the school parliament has achieved many successes. Children have started to play a part in fundraising for the school and this is increasing. So far they have elected to support children in need biannually and communicated this to parents in a letter. They have also elected to support save the children and Christmas jumper day and this was successful in raising just short of £200, through non-uniform day and a cake sale.

During this term, the children also started to take on responsibility for monitoring the school and its effectiveness alongside the teachers and members of senior leadership. The School Parliament were asked to monitor the effectiveness of the learning environment. They attended all classrooms from EYFS to Year 6 and provided the teachers of those classes with constructive feedback on ways that they can make our school even more fabulous!

Spring term

The profile of school parliament has been raised throughout the school and this is still growing. Children are actively involved in important decisions throughout the school now.

Recently, the children of School Parliament wrote a letter to the school governors to request a percentage of the school budget with the vision that they would use this to improve children’s learning and the moral of pupils at this school. When this decision has been approved the school parliament will be responsible for deploying their budget allocation carefully to ensure their budget lasts throughout the year so they never have to go without. Following a debate, members have allocated £250 of their budget to be spent on new play equipment. This will be shared between all classes. They are also hoping to revamp the house point system in school and place more emphasis on this by ensuring that the winning house is shared during Tuesday’s collective worship celebration. They will also be responsible alongside the house point captains for the collection of team points from each class weekly and deciding where the trophy for the winning house should be allocated for that week.

During this term, the children have also been actively included on the monitoring timetable for the school. They have monitored math’s books from EYFS to Year 6 and again have provided the teachers of those classes with constructive feedback on ways that they can improve maths, marking and feedback and work throughout the school.

A big focus of this term has been on fundraising. It’s been a busy time for members of School Parliament. They discussed the charities that they would like the school to raise money for in school. Charities supported from decisions by the school council are as follows.

It was decided that they will raise funds for the global charities by taking a table at the Farmer’s Market on 30.3.2017. The School Parliament have also opted to carry out various fundraising activities throughout March including:

Finally, the head boy, head girl, assistant head boy and assistant head girl went on a trip to London. Whilst there, they had a tour of the Houses of Parliament. They went into the House of Lords and enjoyed watching a debate and then they visited the House of Commons and enjoyed watching a very topical conversation about ‘Brexit’. The children then had the opportunity to explore London a little further and saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Downing street. This trip has enabled them to feel empowered in their role and they understand the importance of pupil voice and making changes.