Tuesday, 16 February 2016

School Councils – come + be recognised for the positive change you deliver

I want to encourage all school councils, who have done, or are currently doing projects that make a difference to their communities, to enter The Speaker’s School Council Awards.

The Speaker’s School Council Awards is an initiative run by the Parliamentary Education Service, which provides an opportunity to recognise, and celebrate the achievements of school councils around the UK. Specifically, the focus in on projects that bring about positive change in schools or the community.

The initiative is open to every infant, primary and secondary school, sixth-form college, and SEN school, and the winning projects are chosen in four age categories (4-7, 8-11, 11-16, 17-19). Every school that enters receives a web badge in recognition of their achievements, and the winners are invited to the Houses of Parliament for a prize giving ceremony in Speaker’s House.

In addition to the main competition, this year schools can also submit blog pieces, ‘top tips’, and images for the website that illustrate what can be achieved when young people work together, and the huge contribution school councils make.

The competition has received over a thousand entries in the past six years, with projects varying from work with the elderly, tackling cyber-bullying, disability and mental health issues, sustainability initiatives, and many more.

So many of our schools have produced really excellent projects, which have greatly impacted their communities and the schools themselves.  Now is a great time to share the great work you have been doing, and continue to do.

For more information, please visit the website: www.speakersschoolcouncil.org.