Pupil Voice and Participation
At Park View children have multiple opportunities to participate in school life.
Some of the opportunities we have in school include:
At Park View we support children to form idea, share them with others and debate topics that are important to them and current affairs.
We have a weekly debating assembly where we learn about a topic from the news and share our thoughts with the class and the wider school.
Please follow the link below.
During the week, we learn about how Parliament is structured, how each House works, the role of our MP and how we contribute to the democratic process.
Activities during Parliament Week:
- Launch Assembly: Introducing and explaining the 3 elements of Parliament; House of Commons, House of Lords and The Monarch, how Member gain their positions and how they interact. In 2023, this coincided with the State Opening of Parliament.
- Democracy Lessons: PSHE lessons this week focus on the work of Parliament. We have developed a progression of learning from EYFS and this is followed each year.
- Debate Class Assemblies: Time is used for the whole school to explore 1 aspect of our democracy. 2023 we focussed on how to communicate with Parliament and how to petition them.
- Closing Assembly: Our local MP, Maria Miller, joins us to recap our learning and hear about being a Member of Parliament.
Using Our Voice
During UK Parliament Week 2023, the children voted on an issue we could petition the Government on. The topics available linked to schools.
The majority of children were in favour of us seeking to add British Sign Language as an option that could be taught instead of a foreign language.
Please follow the link below to see our arguments and to see the petition on the Government website
A quote from an email from Maria Miller
'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.'