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School Parliament 2020/21

Democracy is well established within Cinnamon Brow CE School. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voice heard through our School Parliament which involves all of our children from Year 2 to Year 6.   

Within parliament, pupils are able to discuss and make decisions that have direct impact on school life.  There are eight main members of our school parliament as detailed below. They are elected from Y6, following a hustings event, to represent the pupil voice in school and they form the Parliamentary Cabinet. Each class elects two representatives who speak at the Parliament Meetings on behalf of their class. They will support the different roles within the cabinet. 

During the election process, children learn about democracy.  They learn about the UK Parliamentary system.  When the children learn about the Greeks, as part of the curriculum, they learn about the history of our democratic nations and other systems that can be used as alternatives to democracy.  The video for this years elections can be found here.

The School Parliament system empowers our children to put democracy into practice.  It is a powerful way for our children to develop their ability to debate and learn to disagree well. 

The eight main roles are based on our UK Government system. They have been chosen carefully and cover key areas that may be part of discussions within our school parliament:

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Prime Minister

This role is leader of parliament.  They ensure that parliament is working effectively and bring everything and everyone together. 

This year, our Prime Minister is Ben P.

Leader of the Opposition

This role is to consider and reflect upon what is brought to parliament and challenge as appropriate.  This is to ensure that the decisions that are made always are in the best interests of our pupils.

This year, our Leader of the Opposition is Olivia W.

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Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition will meet with chair of governors and headteacher / leadership team at various points through the year with a focus on the Christian ethos of the school and discuss any relevant parts of the school improvement plan.  In addition, they will meet with the worship wonders and the Worship lead to discuss worship, pupil voice and next steps. Finally, they will represent the school parliament in parent forum meetings. 

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Secretary of State for International Development

This role is to promote the outward actions of our parliament. They will consider how we can improve on what we are already doing in support of our work with charities and our service to others across the world. They will meet with the new Global Citizens action group that will be set up during the year and meet the Geography and RE lead.

This year, our Secretary of State for International Development is Lily.

Secretary of State for Education

this role is to focus on pupils’ views of teaching and learning across school.  They will gather pupil voice and provide a voice for the pupils on how we can make teaching and learning even better. They will meet with the curriculum lead (deputy headteacher) and various subject leads at different points during the year to discuss pupil voice and next steps.

This year, our Secretary of State for Education is Oscar.

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Secretary of State for Environment and Food

This role is to focus on our school environment (buildings and grounds) and what we can do to improve these.  They will also be focused on school meals and ways that lunchtimes can be improved. They will meet with the school business manager, kitchen team, DT lead and the Forest School lead during the year to discuss pupil voice and next steps.

This year, our Secretary of State for Enviroment and Food is Tegan.

Secretary of State for Health and Wellbeing

This role is to focus on the health and wellbeing of pupils and what we can do as a school to encourage and improve this.  This can be through healthy eating and increased physical activity. As part of this role, they will meet with the Anti-bullying ambassadors, Safeguarding & Welfare Officer and mental health lead to discuss pupil voice and next steps.

This year, our Secretary of State for Health and Wellbeing is Taigen-Lei.

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Secretary of State for Transport

This role is to focus on the way that we arrive and leave school and how we can improve transport issues that arise. As part of this role, they will meet with the Road Safety Officers and the PCSO.

This year, our Secretary of State for Transport is Ben R.

Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

This role is to focus on our engagement with technology within school and how this can be improved but additionally how we can engage more with sporting activities. They will meet with the computing lead, the PCSO and the school business manager with a focus on internet safety.

This year, our Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport is Brooke.

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