Over the past five years the children of Hartford Infant School have successfully elected two councillors from each class each year.
The children are all allowed to self-nominate and are encouraged to write their own manifestos in the week leading up to the election.
We aim to coincide our elections with the UK Parliament Week in November of each year. All teachers prepare the children through a series of lessons in our PSHE sessions and in assemblies on what voting means to ensure all children are aware of the connotations. We then hold our elections in class and have a discreet voting procedure.
The elected children meet with a nominated member of staff regularly to discuss areas of importance. They also feed back views, ideas and opinions to individual classes and in assemblies. Each school councillor wears a pin badge during the school day. This way everyone knows who they are and who represents the student voice.
In 2019 we started our ‘Big Conversation’ each half term where the children are encouraged in mixed age groups to dicuss pertinent issues. The School Councillors are encouraged to support these meetings by feeding back ideas from their group at the meetings. The 'Big Conversation' discusses important issues linked the School Development Plan which is all about making the school a better place for the children. The children's thoughts are recorded and summarised for everyone to read in the school office.
Each class has two councillors, they are called:
Class 1: George and Rebecca
Class 2: Wilfred and Caiya
Class 3: Maya and Lottie
Class 4: Lucas and Margaret
Class 5: Albert and Cara
Class 6: Eshana and Maisie
We have shared our latest meeting notes please look on the panel on the left hand side.
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