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|Our Pupil Parliament
At Temple Meadow we value Pupil Voice and have recently launched our Pupil Parliament. Our aim is to get more pupil voice heard. We want to hear their opinions, their views and promote discussion on all aspects of school life.
How our Parliament works
We currently have three highly committed Head girls and three Head boys in Year 6.
We held an election for our MPs (Members of our Parliament). We have 1 MP per class for Years 1-5 (the Head Boys and Girls count as MPs for Y6). Therefore, we will have a Parliament of 16 pupil representatives.
Our parliament will meet at least once each half-term and will regularly call upon wider pupil ambassadors, ECO committee and other pupil representatives.
To become an MP, children had to initially nominate themselves and create a short speech to share with their year group peers before a vote was held using official ballot papers. The successful MPs were announced in a whole school assembly and in the whole school newsletter.
When a pupil becomes an MP, they need to step down from any existing ambassador roles allowing an opportunity for someone else. Just as in the real world, pupils are aware that their conduct as an MP needs to match the positive behaviour and attitudes you need in this representative role.
Of course, adults will join them and facilitate discussion. Ms Walsh and both Deputy Heads will be very much involved.
Our smaller Year 4 cohort has 2 MPs in same way as all other year groups. Year 6 Head Boys and Head Girls are the MP’s in Year 6. Our Early Years get to share their views and ideas in a more holistic and age-appropriate way. For example, Head Boys and Girls may visit to discuss things with them. Any children accessing the Hub will be represented by their home year group and be fully included.
It is a lovely addition to school life and supports some ways in which Temple Meadow promotes British Values as Temple Meadow values.