The Pupil Forum worked in mixed school groups and talked about what changes they would like to see in the world.
The children were split into mixed school groups. Discussions took place about Citizenship and the children were asked to think about what a good citizen looks like. The children talked about being kind, responsible and respectful to each other.
The children made finger puppets and used them to express what they would say or do if the felt someone was not being treated fairly.
In June 2017 the pupil forum met with Chris from the LS14 Trust at Cross Gates Primary School. Mrs Pawsey, Cross Gates, Teaching Assistant welcomed everyone to Cross Gates Primary for the pupil forum meeting.
Chris told the children that he has been finding out about the work of other community groups by talking with them. He asked the children to find out about their peers by asking them the following:
The children enjoyed talking and listening to each other whilst finding out some interesting facts.
Chris then led a session on the community and the children were asked to think about what priorities are important to them. Several priorities were put forward for discussion. After lots of deliberation the Top 3 voted by the 5 schools in order of importance are:
LS14 Trust continue to work in our schools to link their chosen food project with the community and create a Children's Food Charter.
In March 2017 the pupil forum met with Chris from the LS14 Trust at Beechwood Primary School. Chris talked to the children about the good and bad things about food and the issues that may be faced by the local community. The pupil forum agreed they would like to see more friendly places for all ages to socialise and eat together. Discussions took place in their own school groups. Each school discussed issues most relevant to their school and agreed to focus on the following:
LS14 Trust will visit the pupil forum in each school to see how they can link their chose topic with the community to create one food charter with five specific areas from each school.
In May 2016 the Pupil Forum met at Beechwood Primary school. The children told us what they have been doing in their own schools since the last meeting.
Schools held assemblies to raise awareness of the Trust and what it means to be part of a Co-operative Trust. They discussed the benefits of being part of a Trust and talked about the changes made as a result of visiting each other’s schools and sharing best practice. They also advised the teachers from all four schools are working together and learning from each other.
The children were asked what they would like the Pupil Forum to do for their school and the community. They expressed an interest in improving our community and the wellbeing of residents. Contact was therefore made with the LS14 Trust to see how we can work in partnership.
In the summer holiday’s the LS14 Trust will be running weekly events in Rein Park including circus acts, a nature day, a magician (whilst eating on Harry Potter style tables) and much more. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun.
For information about summer activities please contact your Parent Support Advisor or Learning mentor in your own schools, or visit the LS14 Trust website.
In November 2015 the Pupil Forum met at Beechwood Primary School to discuss what a Co-operative Trust is and the benefits of being part of a Co-operative Trust.
The children enjoyed working in groups with children from other schools to discuss and document their thoughts and ideas, they also discussed the co-operative values. The Pupil Forum agreed to go back to their own schools to feedback what they had learnt.
Our Pupil Forum consists of six children and one staff member from each school. They have visited each other's schools and Leeds Trinity University to share good practice.
Some of the children have visited the LS14 Trust, The Digital Lounge to discuss use of funds for a community initiative. "I love being in the Pupil Forum because we all work together and learn from each other. We visit the other schools and get ideas to make our school better." Leah, Year 5, Beechwood Primary.
Next year our objective will be to develop the co-operative values with the children forming Young Co-operatives.