Monday, 10 May 2010

Making the Schools Parliament bigger

Liverpool has a great Schools Parliament which involves representatives from schools councils getting together at least three times a year to discuss things of importance to them. They have the power to pass motions which are then treated as council motions. And they have a budget which they can use on causes they support.

It's a great way of young people getting involved in democracy.

By definition though it excludes some school age children as those being educated at home cannot be a representative of a school.

I think it should be possible for home educated children to get together to select representatives and that they would both bring something new to the meetings and gain a lot themselves.

I had previously raised this with an Executive Member on the Council but to pursue this further I have today sent in a motion calling for a scheme to be established for the start of the next school year.

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