Pupil Parliament – Parent Information
TKA Pupil Parliament 2019-20
Welcome to our Pupil Parliament page, where we would like to introduce you to our Pupil Parliament which is the main representative pupil body at TKA for ‘pupil voice’.
Though we are a new school, we have a proud tradition of ‘pupil voice’ since 2015. It has played a lead role in helping to shape our customs, culture and provision.
When reflecting on the history and contribution of the Pupil Council from 2015-2018 or the Pupil Voice Teams of TKA Voice, Collaborative and Team Beyond in 2018-19 we recognised that founding a Pupil Parliament is the next important evolutionary step for ‘Pupil Voice’. This Parliament will not only continue the work that has gone before but give that work the platform it needs to make an even greater contribution to our school. As such, it was with great pleasure that in January 2020, we saw Ms Cavangah open our Pupil Parliament for its first sitting.
The Pupil Parliament is made up of Members of Parliament. These MPs are drawn from across all 4 of our Houses and all our Year Groups to make it as representative in its work as possible. Should we add something about including pupils with special needs and those from minority backgrounds? Parliament meets once a half term and between sittings, all MPs are assigned and attend a committee to work through. Our committees are: The Wellbeing Committee, the Learning and Teaching Committee and the Maintenance and Grounds Committee which are supported and guided by a lead member of staff. The committees share their work in Parliament, with key staff, the Senior Leadership Team and its corresponding committee in the Kingston Educational Trust (KET) to ensure ‘Pupil Voice’ is not only heard but that change is developed in cooperation with pupils, for pupils.
As such our the structures of our Parliament look like this in practice:
If you would like to visit our Parliamentary work so far please use these links:
Parliamentary Business: Order Paper 1
Parliamentary Business: Newsletter – The Dispatch Box
To conclude our introduction to Pupil Parliament, we recognise we are on a journey to build our own democratic traditions at TKA. We are committed to doing so and taking inspiration from Kofi Annan’s words when he said: “No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime.”