At St Meriadoc Junior Academy we chose new School Councillors at the beginning of the school year, there is always two selected from each year class.
We first talk about what makes a good School Councillor and everybody gets a chance to write a manifesto which explains what they promise to do if elected. After this, we go into the hall and vote in a special Ballot Box. Finally two members from each class are chosen.
The School Councillors which are elected represent the views of all pupils and help to improve their school.
The School Council are the pupil's voice - meetings are held in class and during this time every pupil has the opportunity to share ideas with their councillor. These ideas are then discussed at the next school council meeting. Meetings are held at least once a month.
We are currently working hard to achieve our 'Platinum' PADL- Promoting Active Democracy Loudly Award. As part of this we will be visiting other schools to offer support and advice.
The Convention of Children's Rights has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.