Votes for Schools provides weekly opportunities for the children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to discuss challenging current affairs topics. Children are given knowledge to evaluate and discuss before they comment and vote. The votes are collated nationally and shared with influential bodies such as government departments, police, charities and media outlets. They respond to the vote showing the children their voice is heard and their vote matters.
Every week, children participate in an assembly where the new issue is introduced and background information is shared. Each class then follows this with a lesson exploring the debate around the issue before the children vote.
Votes for Schools provides enrichment and development of key components within the PSHE curriculum. It also supports whole school learning around spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and bolsters children's understanding of British Values.