Pupil Voice at Oxspring Primary School grows louder and clearer with a newly elected Pupil Parliament.
A new Pupil Parliament has been formed at Oxspring Primary School and newly elected pupil MPs are ready to begin their important work representing the views and opinions of all the pupils in our school.
“This is a direct development from our school council and moves pupil voice to a higher level by offering opportunities for young people to take on more responsibility in terms of leadership and consultation.” Mrs S Irwin Headteacher
The aim of the Pupil Parliament is to provide pupils with a greater understanding of how Parliament goes about its business, the work of MPs and what it means to represent others. Our Parliament also creates an opportunity for older pupils to engage and represent the views and voice of pupils who do not as yet, have the confidence or language to express their suggestions and opinions.
“It was so heartening to see so many pupils in Years 5 and 6 willing to stand as candidates and we were so impressed with the quality and depth of their written manifesto statements describing what they would bring to the role and which class they were willing to represent.” Mrs P Heggie Chair of Governors
Thursday 5 October 2017 was designated by the school to be the official voting day and every pupil was invited to vote for a candidate whose name was anonymous so that voting was on the strength and depth of their manifesto statement. Ballot boxes, voting slips and voting booths to ensure privacy were organised.
Since the Pupil Parliament members have been elected, MPs have been working hard and have the had opportunities to:
- Agree on a Code of Conduct which all MPs abide by and how they will represent their constituents (class)
- Meet monthly and every other alternative week. MPs meet the constituents in their class ( Surgeries). A Voice Box is provided at each Surgery for pupils to put their ideas and suggestions so that their MPs can consider these for taking to the PP.
- Mirror aspects of how Parliament carries out its work such as the introduction of Green Papers (ideas and suggestions) and White Papers (agreeing action and amending) before ratification by HT and governors (House of Lords).
- Elect a Leader of the House. (Chairperson)
- Lead a whole school Assembly to share the Parliament’s purpose for the coming year and how each MP will support and represent the class which elected them.
- Speak to Angela Smith (MP for Sheffield) about her job and role in Parliament and visit Barnsley Town Hall and meet Cllr Jeff Ennis to discuss his role as the present Mayor of Barnsley. The pupil MPs have used both these experiences to extend their knowledge of how issues are raised and discussed in Parliament at a national level.
- Work with Governors on Governor Day. MPs were paired with a governor and looked at the learning that was happening in each class. This gave an opportunity for the role of Pupil Parliament to be implemented in school and to develop children’s positive attitudes towards learning.
Everyone at school is very excited by this development as it truly offers opportunities for our young people to have a voice and to be involved in broader areas of responsibilities throughout the school.