Students get to the heart of the matter
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.