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School Forum

Our School Forum

The Forum Representatives

2B   Ben Jose and Sky Bradford
2P   Alex McArdle and Isabella Goring

3EC Emily Haythwaite and Harvey Peters
3G   Joshua Day and Rosina Wilmshurst

4B   Frederyk Lonsdale and  Olivia Loft
4J   Chloe Fulbrook and Kobe Mukudu-Nyakunu

5B   Isabelle Hill and Charlie Smith
5T   Malayla Flower and Connor Mumford

6S   Rebecca Faye and Louie Bullock
6T   Kelsey Tombs and Emily Lane

Why do we need a school forum?

For many years, all the decisions about children were made by adults.

This was thought to be best because adults are older and have experience, training and qualifications.

But adults didn't always make the right decisions, sometimes because they hadn't talked with the children about the issue.

All the countries of the world got together and agreed that children must be given rights. Plus, sometimes their ides are actually better than adults.

The purpose of our school forum is to enable children to participate in the decision making progress of the school and gain first hand experience of the workings of a democratic organisation.

Every September new forum representatives are elected by their classmates. The Downs will have a total of 20 representatives.

The school forum meets six times per academic year with Mr Turner the Family Liaison Officer to discuss issues that have been raised in school that affect the children or the wider community.

Think of all decisions that are made about your school........

  • when does school start and finish
  • how can we make lessons more interesting
  • what school trips should we organise
  • what equipment should we buy for our playground
  • how can we help pupils make friends

But how can teachers listen to all ideas? That would take too long and nothing would get done. Pupils need a way of discussing issues and making decisions which will help everyone in school. Schools work better when pupils and teachers are working together and listening to each other.

School Forum Policy

Dates of future meetings 2016 -2017

Minutes of meetings:-

16th September 2015

18th November 2015

20th January 2016

Year 4 Representatives serving refreshments to our volunteers

Ataxia Haemophilia Charity Day

Marke Wood Park

The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.