Pupils speak out over mental health teaching
Issues raised on ‘takeover day’ are taken to council’s cabinet members
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.”