Participation and Pupil Voice
Park View Pupil Governors make a Difference to their Community
Pupil Governors at Park View Primary School voted to raise funds to buy a defibrillator to be placed in the school for the benefit of their local community. They have worked tirelessly to achieve more than £1,300 since September. Through a variety of of fundraising activities including a Lego competition, toy sale and a Jubilee cake decorating competition, they have been instrumental in leading fundraising efforts. In addition to the purchase of the defibrillator they have also been able to contribute to Comic Relief , Ukraine crisis and the purchase waterproof medical bags.
A quote from an email from Maria Miller sent to Mrs Roberts
'When visiting Park View Primary I've been so impressed with the children's interest and engagement with politics and their local community, and you must take tremendous credit for being the catalyst for that enthusiasm. For a healthy democracy it is vital that we include young people in the conversation and get them involved from an early age. Your work as a teacher and Parliament Ambassador is invaluable in promoting that participation, to all our benefit.'
Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
During the autumn term we hold Pupil Governor elections. Any child in the school can nominate themselves to be a representative for their class. Each class then holds an election and two children are elected as Pupil Governors.
Pupil Governors represent the children’s voice at our school. They will regularly attend meetings and, by sharing ideas collected from their class, will be able to help to make very important decisions to improve our school. A staff representative and a linked School Governor will encourage the Pupil Governors to feedback any ideas to our school leadership team.
Park View’s Pupil Governors were lucky enough to start the new year with a visit from Maria Miller, MP.
As part of Parliament Week, we had a visit from our local MP Maria Miller. Our pupil governors were given the opportunity to ask questions about life as a Member of Parliament as well as questions that would help us here at Park View.
We want to make a difference to our school. How do you think we should start this?
It is important that people talk together about things. I think a good place to start is to find out what people want, make a list and then you can choose which one you want to start with.
If someone has one view and others have another view, what’s the best way of deciding?
It is important that you listen to each other, that is the most important thing to do. It may be that we have different views however you will also find that there may be some common ground too. You learn from people with different views and experiences.
We’ve been debating climate change today – what’s going on in Basingstoke?
I would like to look after the River Lodden. I am also interested in making it safe enough for cyclists.
How do you make others listen to what you want to change?
This one is a difficult question as it is sometimes difficult to agree. The best way is to find lots of reasons why you want to do something; you could make a mind map. Then you will have lots of good points when it comes to persuading someone else.
What is your biggest achievement whilst you represent our community?
I want to make sure that there are enough school places for every child as there is a lot of new housing being built around Basingstoke at the moment. On a personal note, I am very proud to have worked towards getting the new Jane Austen statue which stands outside the museum.
Do you have any tips for us as Pupil Governors?
Talk to your friends and ask them what they like and what they would want to improve. It is really important that you listen. You learn a lot by taking the time to listen to others. Ask them how you are doing as a Pupil Governor.
What qualifications do you need to have to be an MP?
You don’t need any qualifications however you do need to be interested in people and your area, you need to be over 18 and you need to be elected by other people.
What’s it like to be an MP?
It is fun because you get to speak to lots of different people. It is also serious because you discuss important issue like climate change.
What can’t you do in the House of Commons?
You cannot lie and you can not be rude to people you always have to be respectful.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Answering questions can be difficult. Also juggling being a parent and work when you are dealing with difficult problems.
Laws and Debating
During Parliament Week, Year 4 were given the opportunity to take part in a live workshop delivered by Parliament UK.
During the session the pupils were introduced to how laws are made and who makes them. They explored laws that can affect us all, and enjoyed following the progress of a Bill through the House of Commons and the House of Lords in Parliamentary ping-ping and took part in a virtual debate.
The session was interactive and the children really enjoyed sharing their ideas and knowledge.
At the end of the workshop we were fortunate enough to have time for a live question and answer session with Maria Miller, MP.