Pupil Parliament at Clapham Manor
At Clapham Manor Primary School it is important that pupils have their say.
Pupil Voice at Clapham Manor is about the empowerment of pupils to enable them to be engaged and involved in the learning process and the life of the school, encouraging them to take greater responsibility for their own progress and achievement, engage in constructive dialogue with teachers and give them the skills and abilities necessary to develop and learn with greater independence. This helps teachers and other members of the school staff to raise standards and meet the needs of individual children.
Pupil Voice at Clapham Manor goes beyond the classroom and aims to develop our children as compassionate global citizens, with strong morals and the grit and determination to succeed, recognising their own responsibility in that journey.
Aims of the parliament:
- To make sure that our school is a safe and happy place
- To make sure that children have a place to voice their concerns
- To encourage all children in the school to suggest improvements
- To make sure that any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon
Pupil Parliament exists to ensure that pupils have a voice and are involved in the school decisions that affect them:
- In class all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching democratic solutions
- Class representatives are nominated to serve as members of parliament and are voted in by their classmates; their term of office spans throughout the academic year – September to July.
- The Pupil Parliament meets regularly, with a teacher present, to discuss school issues, suggestions and concerns that have been raised by their classmates
- Wider issues and ideas that arise in class are discussed further at parliament meetings; this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard.
- Members of Parliament are responsible for carrying out any actions that have been agreed at their meetings.