Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Motion to next council meeting

I mentioned earlier that I had written a motion about Home Educated children and the Schools Parliament. The agenda has just been published. I've pasted the text below.

Whether the motion gets debated depends on the party whips. Only five get picked for actual debate and there are more than five. It's possible though that instead of being debated it'll be agreed across parties in advance. And even if this doesn't happen the Executive Member for the subject, which I understand will be Councillor Jane Corbett, will need to report back on it. So hopefully something will happen whichever route the motion actually takes through the system.

Text of motion starts:

Council recognises the excellent work done by the Liverpool Schools Parliament. Council believes that the Parliament gives a chance for children from across Liverpool to take part in, and experience, democratic discussion and decision making.

Some children in the City are however excluded from any possibility of taking part in the Schools Parliament. These are children who are being educated at home.

Council believes that a number of representatives of “home educated children” ought to be allowed to take part in Schools Parliament debates and events.

Council understands that there is a network of parents involved in home education in the City and that through them it would be possible to organise a selection process for representatives for the Upper and Lower Houses of the Parliament.

Council therefore requests the relevant Executive Member to ensure arrangements are made to recruit home educated children to the Parliament in time for the next academic year.

Council also requests the relevant select committee to review this arrangement after one year of operation.

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