The SHARES Pupil Parliament consists of two pupil representatives from each SHARES cluster school. The two pupil reps are required to attend Pupil Parliament meetings and any planned activities throughout the academic year.
The objectives of the Pupil Parliament are:
- Develop children’s skills and abilities
- Increase their confidence
- Give them an appreciation and understanding of democracy and working together to bring about positive change
- Promote British values.
The Pupil Parliament meets once every term with different schools hosting the meeting each time. The Pupil Parliament has been involved in many different local initiatives and projects over the years including Beacon Country Park Play Area, Skelmersdale Foodbank, The Birchwood Centre, Big Tidy Up and creating a time capsule. This year the Parliament will be involved in Tawd Valley Development, Glass Ball Art Project & the new Leisure Centre Development.
The first meeting of the academic year the Pupil Parliament visit the local council offices in Ormskirk with the Mayor in attendance. The Year 6 representative from each school will be asked to deliver a speech on ‘Why they would like to be Prime Minister of the Pupil Parliament’. After all the speeches, children will get the opportunity to vote, which is set up as a normal voting booth. The pupil who receives the most votes will become Prime Minister, second Deputy Prime Minister and 3rd Secretary. The Mayor will be there to deliver a speech and after the positions have been announced, the children are invited to the Mayor’s chambers for photos and questions.
Additionally, in the summer term SHARES organise a Pupil Parliament trip to London to visit Parliament and build on the children’s ideas for our local community and give them the opportunity to visit the capital city.
For more information contact SHARES Lancashire on 01695 729 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org