Pioneering kids’ parliament

School parliament event at Gomersal Park Hotel. (d15061115)
School parliament event at Gomersal Park Hotel. (d15061115)

When the newly-formed children’s parliament met for the first time, there was not an expense claim in sight.

Children from all 11 schools in the current first and middle schools met for the first time as the new Cleckheaton and District Parliament at Gomersal Park Hotel.

The idea stemmed from a meeting with the headteachers earlier in the year, when it was suggested that a children’s parliament could help develop closer links between the schools and pupils.

Each school elects two representatives for the parliament, which will meet every half term.

East Bierley First School headteacher Marcus Newby has been organising the events.

“The children were excited to be at the hotel,” he said.

“The pupils are chosen by each school and they will be members of the parliament for one year. They will be organising events and sports games.

“As far as I’m aware, there’s nothing like this in the country. It’s a way for them to learn about democracy and how decisions are made.”