WAINSCOTT PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL PARLIAMENT
At Wainscott Primary School we believe that children and young people need to be active participants in their own education and to feel that their opinions will be heard. We seek ways to listen to the views of our pupils and involve them in decision-making so that they are engaged as partners in the life of the school. The Pupil Parliament is being set up to develop the ways in which pupils can make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos but also broaden the experiences and wider development of our young people.
Pupil Parliament will:
- Be a positive forum
- Provide an opportunity for all pupils to be heard
- Provide a forum for the leadership of the school to listen to the pupil’s opinions
- Aid communication throughout the school
- Build the pupils confidence and self-esteem
- Encourage the pupils to be active citizens
- Provide all pupils with a democratic model
The children vote for a representative in each class by holding a ballot at the start of the year, the then elected Pupil Parliament ministers hold that post for the whole school year.
Pupil Parliament meet regularly to discuss topical and school-based issues. They work with our pupils, staff, parents, governors and wider community to support the school ethos, to improve the achievements and successes of our school and to make the school a happier place for all.
The elected ministers from each class form cabinets- Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Curriculum and Sport. Each of these committees is designed to have a specific focus on improving Wainscott Primary School. Our class ministers also receive training from: https://learning.parliament.uk/en/
Pupil Parliament also play a pivotal role in seasonal charity work such as : Harvest, Remembrance Day and Sport Relief to name but a few.
As individuals, our pupils bring lots of additional skills and abilities to this role in particular, however to be a successful Pupil Parliament Minister they need to:
- Be reliable
- Be proud of our school and want our school to be the best it can be
- Listen carefully to the views of others and take their ideas on board.
- Represent the majority view of your class, even if you don't agree!
- Commit time to this role and accept that you may need to do things during break times and/or lunchtimes.
- Be enthusiastic
- Be kind and respectful
- Be patient
Wainscott Primary School, part of The Primary First Trust, have been busy throughout December, supporting local residents of Montgomery Court care home, and others across the community, while also finding time to fit in some celebrations of their own.
Despite the challenging year we have all had, each pupil at Wainscott wrote letters to the residents of Montgomery Court, which backs on to the school, to share festive cheer and brighten the days of the older community, who have faced a more challenging year than most. Not only has this allowed the pupils to connect with the local community but has also provided a real purpose and audience for the children's letter writing.
The school have also received the brilliant news that they have won an award from the Classrooms to Care Homes project, for their work on the letter writing project for Montgomery Court care home, and have been sent a prize, a joke book, which pupils will be able to enjoy.
Two members of the School’s Pupil Parliament delivered the letters to the care home, to ensure the residents received their letters in time for Christmas. The school’s Pupil Parliament also recently received some special training through UK Parliament Education, which went details about how Government works. This workshop inspired one of the children to write to local MP, Kelly Tolhurst, to request a zebra crossing outside the school, to enhance the safety of the pupils travelling to and from school.