The recent Primary School Councils Fun Day at Cardiff Millennium Centre was “brilliant”.  This fantastic day, which was organised by Barnardo’s Cymru and the Children & Young People’s Parnership has paved the way for a Grand School Council in Cymru!

The event was covered by, a Trainee Broadcast Journalist at Cardiff University Journalism School.

Children in Cardiff encouraged to “stand up and speak out”

Children from across the city have been learning about how important it is for them to have a voice, at a School Councils Fun Day down at the Millennium Centre today.

Today’s School Council Fun Day was organised for primary school children, to encourage them to speak out and have their opinions heard.

Almost one hundred children attended the fun day, which was organised by Barnado’s Cmyru and the Children and Young People’s Partnership.

Eryn Williams, Media and Communication Manager for Barnado’s Wales believes the event supports what Barnado’s is all about.

“The main remit of the charity is to give children a voice and make sure they are treated as adults”.

Aside from children and teachers, CBBC presenter Sid Sloane and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Tyler also attended the event.

Keith Tyler told CJS that the fun day’s focus “centres on the UN Conventions on the rights of a child, which clearly says children should have their voices heard in decisions which effect their lives.”

“We as a society need to recognise that children’s voices are really important”.

“Sometimes adults don’t give children enough credit for great things they do and the contributions they make.”

“What we’re seeing today is children making a real difference, not just in their school life, but their community and home life.”

As well as plenty of fun activities, such as junk modelling and a graffiti wall, the event was all about promoting the importance of School Councils.

Teachers also had the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops, and share their views on School Councils.

A School Council is a representative group of students, elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with managers and governors of their school.

They can also propose initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers, and elected pupils can play an active role in making their school a better place.

Another aim of today was to promote the creation of a Grand School Council for the children of Cardiff.

A Grand Council would bring children from across the city together to share their views and opinions.

Stephen Page, a Director of School Councils UK believes “children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account”.

“This is the main aim of any School Council”.

She believes that a Grand School Council would be “a way for Cardiff pupils to join together to put forward to local authorities the views of primary children in Cardiff, and is a powerful way of getting the voice of all the children heard.”

A report commissioned by the Schools Action Research 2007* found that when School Councils were involved in school management, 71% of teachers saw an improvement in decision making and 58% reported an improvement in relationships between staff and students.

Watch out for more follow-up info soon!

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