The children at Dee Point are given many opportunities to further their understanding of democracy and how this impacts real-life situations both in and out of the classroom. Each year, the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with this. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter, and this is regularly reinforced and promoted to support them in the classroom.
Children at Dee Point have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Through initiatives such as our ‘Sports Leader’ and ‘Peer Tutoring’ programs, they are given the opportunity to meet regularly and affect change within our school. Additionally, children are asked to complete an annual questionnaire, in which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
Last year, Dee Point played a key role in a local ‘Democracy Project.’ As part of this project, two children were elected as the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the school. It was the responsibility of these children to conduct research about current democratic issues, and inform both children and staff within the school about them. Towards the end of the year, they were also given the opportunity to organise a whole-school democratic vote, with the lucky winners receiving a trip to the Houses of Parliament in London. This gave all children in the school an insight into the importance of democracy and an opportunity to experience the effects of it first-hand.