What is a school parliament?
A school parliament is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
At North Harringay we aim to help children and young people to have a greater say over matters that affect their school and wider lives. Our Parliament usually meets fortnightly. Topics discussed at the meeting are varied but might include school uniform, school meals, playtimes and clubs. As part of their training our School Parliament members visited the Houses of Parliament in December 2015 where they met our local MP, David Lammy.What makes a good one?
A good school parliament is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.
These are some things that make a parliament effective:
- Regular meetings
- A parliament that is not too big
- Class/Form parliaments that meet regularly
- Good communication between representatives and their class
- Training for school parliament members
- Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
- Annual evaluations