Balfour Pupil Parliament
We have now introduced a Pupil Parliament to our school which incorporates the roles and remit of the School Council, Eco Warrior's and RRS Champions.
- To give children a voice and contribution in improving the school and having an active part in how to the school is run - through the use of class MPs
- To develop all children’s understanding of democracy within the UK, reflecting the structure of the UK parliament
House of lords (other members of staff)
Speaker (teacher in charge of Pupil Parliament)
Members of Parliament (MPs – children elected by class)
Eco Committee Community Committee Learning Committee
Election of MPs
Each class from Y1-6 will elect 3 MPs who will sit on each of the committees for the academic year.
Before elections, teachers should discuss the structure of the UK parliament and the relevant structure of the Pupil Parliament. They should also talk to the children about the skills needed to be an MP.
Any child can ask to be elected for one of the roles and should have an opportunity to explain to the class why they feel they should be elected. The MPs should be elected using a democratic process appropriate to the age of the children (e.g. raising hands, writing names on a piece of paper and putting in class ‘ballot box’.)
Parliament and Committee Meetings
The Pupil Parliament will meet once a term. Each committee will meet half termly to set, develop and review projects linked to whole school development.
Our most recent project
Community MPs have been coming up with ideas for how we can build better links between classes and creating buddy systems in school.
Learning MPs have thinking about the learning environment in our classrooms. They have been coming up with ideas for their teachers and will be working with them to develop a new display to help other children with their learning.
Eco MPs have been busy developing the meadow area and other outdoor areas in the school.
The Powerpoint presentation below demonstrates how the UK Parliament operates.