Pupils speak out over men­tal health teach­ing

Is­sues raised on ‘takeover day’ are taken to coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­bers

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on is­sues raised by young peo­ple dur­ing na­tional Takeover Day in Novem­ber.

They rec­om­mended find­ing ways to smooth the tran­si­tion from small pri­mary schools to larger sec­ondary schools, where pupils are taught by more than one teacher.

Stu­dent Molli Hard­ing of the Bea­cons­field School, and Jor­dan Black­more of Cottes­loe School in Wing, played the roles of county coun­cil leader and deputy leader at a mock cab­i­net meet­ing for na­tional Takeover Day last month.

At the real cab­i­net meet­ing, on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 7, the pupils had the chance to raise the is­sues they had dis­cussed with de­ci­sion makers in­clud­ing coun­cil leader Martin Tett and Cllr Mo­hammed.

Cllr Mo­hammed promised to dis­cuss their con­cerns with other ed­u­ca­tion chiefs and said: “It’s im­por­tant chil­dren get the best start in life as the tran­si­tion be­tween schools can be daunt­ing.

“There is some good work go­ing on, in­clud­ing some schools not giv­ing out home­work in the first few weeks and oth­ers us­ing the­atre groups to help teach PSHE, but we need to make sure that sup­port is con­sis­tent.”

Jor­dan said: “Be­cause of your age in pri­mary school, that part of your life should be fo­cused more on making friends. We’d rather see a sit­u­a­tion where the tran­si­tion and 11 plus are spread out over a longer pe­riod of time.”

He added: “This has given me a real insight into what I might want to do in fu­ture. It’s so im­por­tant to me that my voice is heard, and that Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil gives young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties like this for that to hap­pen.”

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