A SCHOOL head said she was “thrilled” after pupils’ studies on democracy — which included writing manifestos and learning about the Gunpowder Plot — won a national award.
Kelford School in Kimberworth won the prize in the Your UK Parliament Week Awards, taking the title in the Activity of the Year category.
Head teacher Jacky Tattershall, said: “As a whole school community, we are thrilled and excited to receive this award.
“Winning this award is a wonderful recognition and testament to the creative and inclusive approach taken by our teacher ambassador, Joanne Pedelty, and the incredible work undertaken by the staff and children.
“As a head teacher, I have been both impressed and inspired by the quality of work which has been planned and implemented to enrich, engage and inform our learners about the importance of parliament, democracy, and how their voice can influence decision-making.”
The awards celebrate people across the UK who have taken action on issues they care about and the winners were chosen by a panel of MPs, peers and independent judges.
The aim of Kelford’s UK Parliament Week plan was to engage the whole school in activities promoting democracy and the work of Parliament.
Teachers were trained to deliver parliamentary and democratic learning through planning cross-curricular activities, including counting votes in maths, writing manifestos in literacy, and learning about the Gunpowder Plot and Suffragette movement in history.
To develop the students’ understanding of how they could have their voice heard, activities for each day of the week were chosen through petitions and votes.
They also restructured the existing school council to a “pupil parliament” to mirror the UK Parliament, with students elected as “MPs” representing their “constituents” (classmates), while those with previous school council experience were made “Lords”.