Why have we changed School Council into a Pupil Parliament?
School Council was originally designed as one group of children elected by their fellow pupils to represent their opinions and raise issues working with their school leaders and governors. The school council also worked hard to take forward projects on behalf of their peers, and be involved in raising money for charities.
The Pupil Parliament (since 2017) is structured much like the government as it is made up of different sub-committees linked to our new school motto Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Your Best.
Pupil Parliament promotes pupil leadership opportunities, enabling children to develop valuable communication, organisation and debating skills through key roles of responsibility and new experiences. Pupil Parliament benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate 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 and enjoy making their voices heard.
Who are we and what do we do?
Anyone in KS2 can apply for a position in a committee. Each member is voted for by their peers across the school after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected.
Committee members chair regular meetings with their selected year groups to discuss topics, issues and initiatives that affect them and their learning environment as well as charity events. The committee members work together on projects with different members of staff to get the best out of every project. Since 2017, they have fund raised for numerous local charities, led a 'Food Smart' campaign and visited the Houses of Parliament.
Please see our latest video below (Autumn 2020).
Our Pupil Parliament members have been busy thinking of ways we can represent the 4Bs - they have made a fantastic video to help all the children at Sythwood be ready, be safe, be respectful and be their best!