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Why we need a school forum

The purpose of our school forum is to enable children to participate in the decision making process of the school and gain first hand experience of the workings of a democratic organisation.

Every September new forum representatives are elected by their classmates. Northbourne will have a total of 10 representatives.

The school forum meets six times per academic year with Mrs Kilmurray the Family Liaison Officer to discuss issues that have been raised in school that affect the children or the wider community.

Think of all the decisions that are made about your school..........

  • when does school start and finish
  • how can we make lessons more interesting
  • what school trips should we organise
  • what equipment should we buy for our playground
  • how can we help pupils make friends

But how can teachers listen to all the ideas?  That would take too long, and nothing would get done.  Pupils need a way of discussing issues, and making decisions which will help everyone in school.  Schools work better when pupils and teachers are working together and listening to each other.

The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.