Our school council has had a makeover!
As a school we are very keen that children should have a voice, and are heard. To date the school council has facilitated this however it was felt that we were ready for something different that would help children begin to form a better understanding of how our national system of government functions. With that in mind, Alderman Pounder Children's Government was formed.
The process of change has been an interesting one. It started in October with a letter going home to all families explaining the changes and inviting children to stand for election. rather than two children from each class we were going to elect two children from each year group. Children were ask to carefully consider whether they wanted to stand for election - and why.
MANIFESTOS & CAMPAIGN WEEK
Those who wanted to stand were asked to produce a manifesto that was shared with the whole school. Posters were put up in each classroom and around school. A summary was given to class teachers to share with all children. During the week the candidates were encouraged to talk to their peers and share why they should vote for them.
The following week we held an election day, complete with polling booths and voting slips. Each child was allowed for vote for one candidate in their year group.
COUNTING THE VOTES
Votes were carefully counted by our Head Teacher and Vice Chair of Governors.
The winners were announced and congratulated, along with all the other candidates who stood for election. We were very proud of everyone who took part.
GOVERNMENT FORMED & MINISTERS ELECTED
At our first meeting we elected each child to an office within our government.
The government now meets weekly, except for in exceptional circumstances. The ministers consider a range of issues and projects, some tasked to them by the senior leadership team, some at the suggestion of the ministers themselves. Currently they are looking at the following issues:
- new school uniform
- all weather race track
Ministers are asked to feedback to classes/whole school as needed, also to our senior leadership team.