As a Gold-level Rights Respecting School, we are keen to promote democracy, pupil voice and wider social issues at OMS. Parliament may be suspended, but all our Key Stage 3 pupils took part in a vote on Monday. They had an assembly about the UK Youth Parliament before voting (by secret ballot) for the issues, at both national and local level, they think are most important for discussion and debate in the Youth Parliament. The ballot papers have been returned to Northumberland County Council for counting.
There will be more voting on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September, when elections for School Council take place. Candidates will make short speeches before all pupils in their year group cast their votes. Elected reps will then have a training session on 25 September and participate in around 10 meetings during the school year.
We also have a county councillor, Karen Quinn, coming into school in October to meet with the new School Council to discuss local democracy. This is part of the annual Local Democracy Week.