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.
This year we coincided our elections with the UK Parliament Week in November 2018. 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 the Headteacher monthly to discuss areas of concern. They also feed back views, ideas and opinions to individual classes and lead 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.
Moving forward we hope to develop the ‘Big Conversation’ each half term. The School Councillors will be able to support these meetings by feeding back ideas from their class at our meetings. The Big Conversation will discuss important issues linked the School Development Plan which is all about making the school a better place for the children.
Each class has two councillors, they are called:
Class 1: Alicja and Cara
Class 2: Daisy and Josh
Class 3: Reuben and Lakshmi
Class 4: Ainara and Sammy
Class 5: Harrie and Elsie-Mai
Class 6: Elif and Lucy
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