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From left, back, participation officer Alison Wheeler,  childrens commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson, principal participation officer Shaila Sheikh and director of policy Ross Hendry. Front,  pupils Eleanor Smith, Bobby Clark and Tommy Skinner

From left, back, participation officer Alison Wheeler, childrens commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson, principal participation officer Shaila Sheikh and director of policy Ross Hendry. Front, pupils Eleanor Smith, Bobby Clark and Tommy Skinner

  • by Bourne Abbey Primary
 

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy received an invitation from the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson, to be part of an advisory group of young people aged seven to eleven years old.

The purpose of the group will be to advise the Commissioner and her office on specific projects, policies and practice; helping her to promote the views of young people from across the country.

The school was selected because of its status as a level 2 Unicef Rights Respecting School. All of the work will be underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular Article 12 ‘Children have a right to have their views heard on the decisions that affect their lives and for these views to be taken seriously’.

Three Year 6 school councillors along with two members of staff along with four other schools met with the Commissioner and her team.

The children spent a rewarding afternoon undertaking a number of different activities including delivering a presentation based on ‘What I would do as the children’s commissioner!’

As well as having an enjoyable time the children voiced some valuable and mature opinions and were superb ambassadors for Bourne Abbey.

Dr Atkinson was highly impressed with all the young people who attended and has asked the school to be part of her advisory group working on future projects.

Bobby Clark (aged 10) commented: “We had an extraordinary and eventful day and we are looking forward to working with The Children’s Commissioner and her team.”

Mrs Cherry Edwards, headteacher, commented: “This is a real honour for the school and an amazing opportunity for our students to have their voices heard at a national level.”

 

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