The Willows School Action Team
The School Action Team is elected each year by children in Key Stage Two. Each class has a girl and a boy representative. The aims of the action team are to:
- Provide the opportunity for children to develop leadership skills
- To promote an understanding of the democratic process
- To provide a forum through which children’s views can be sought and listened to
- To promote children’s rights in school, in the community and in the wider world
- To forge links with other Rights Respecting Schools in Manchester.
Within school children have helped create the school charter and the parent charter. They have taken part in staff appointments and contributed to decisions about the school environment, the school menu and amendments to the school behaviour policy.
In the community the action team has made links with local old folks homes, engaged in environmental projects and campaigned against the impact of second hand smoking on children.
A highlight was a trip by train to London with nine other schools to visit the Houses of Parliament. From this visit we organised a Rights Respecting Pupil Parliament in Manchester that involves twelve schools, meeting regularly and campaigning for action on climate change. Last November this culminated in gathering in St Peters Square in Manchester to celebrate 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child.