Stu­dents get to the heart of the mat­ter

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS from across Bucks will have the chance to af­fect county wide pol­icy at a spe­cial day tomorrow (Fri­day Novem­ber 20).

Pol­i­tics-hun­gry stu­dents will be head­ing to County Hall to take part in na­tional Takeover Day, where they will be given the chance to work along­side key de­ci­sion makers, ask­ing ques­tions and get­ting in­volved with de­ci­sion making.

Led by the Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner for Eng­land, the packed day in­cludes an over­view of what the Cab­i­net does with an in­tro­duc­tion to the top three chal­lenges and pri­or­i­ties for chil­dren.

Along with this they will be lead­ing and tak­ing over the de­ci­sion making at a Cab­i­net Meet­ing which is fo­cused on both those chal­lenges and the find­ings of the County Coun­cil’s re­cent Chil­dren’s and Young Peo­ple’s Voice Sur­vey.

Their de­ci­sions will then be con­sid­ered by Cab­i­net at a later date.

They will also work with the Buck­ing­hamshire Fam­ily In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice (FIS) to plan a Fun Day for fam­i­lies of chil­dren with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and dis­abil­i­ties.

The young peo­ple will con­tinue to work with FIS on this event af­ter Takeover Day. The young­sters will also have the op­por­tu­nity to post their views on our @FreshBucks Twit­ter ac­count.

Zahir Mo­hammed, cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills, said: ‘We’ve em­braced Takeover Day in Buck­ing­hamshire this year and it al­ways in­spires me when I meet th­ese young peo­ple and wit­ness their en­thu­si­asm to get in­volved and make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally.

“I’m sure the stu­dents will be ask­ing some chal­leng­ing ques­tions and will play a full part in a lively de­bate on the day.”

Since its launch, 40,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple na­tion­ally have been in­volved in Takeover Day, work­ing with a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing busi­nesses, schools, po­lice and fire ser­vices, news­pa­pers, banks, TV and ra­dio sta­tions, char­i­ties, lo­cal coun­cils, MPs, hos­pi­tals and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

The fol­low­ing schools are due to be tak­ing part – Amer­sham School, The Cottes­loe School, E-ACT Burn­ham Park, Bea­cons­field Sec­ondary, Buck­ing­ham School, John Co­let School, Ayles­bury, Al­fris­ton School, Bea­cons­field, Ayles­bury High School, Waddesdon School.

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