UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

Here at DCPS we have been learning about Parliament, laws, decision making, ballots, discussions and how we are all involved in making changes.  Having our own Pupil Parliament and Food Committee has helped the children realise how they can  make suggestions and choices that affect each child here at school.  The children have decided to mark UK Parliament Week with a few “Big Questions” and children’s answers to the questions are being collected via a ballot to encourage the children to “air their voice” and take part in the debate.  Yesterday’s question was “Should chocolate be included as a break-time snack?” surprisingly there were a few “no’s” in the ballot box at the end of the day – the result of yesterday’s ballot was an astonishing “yes” to chocolate at break.  Further to some discussion and negotiation with the Headmaster, it has now been agreed that children can actually bring in chocolate at break on a Friday (no nuts and litter to be put into the bin).  Today’s “Big Question” is whether children can choose where to sit at lunchtimes.

Children have been coming up with some great suggestions for debates and there is a real buzz about what they’re voting for and why.  I do hope the children are bringing these discussions home too!