The Primary Council of Portsmouth Students had a successful first Summit in January 2017. The day was all about the ripples of impact that students can have by making small changes through their school councils and their lives more generally.
After the usual sharing of good practice and updates from individual schools and school councils, students put together their ‘seeds of change’. This involved young people identifying just one small change or action they are going to carry out to cause those ripples mentioned above. Students did this through creatively decorating plant pots and planting their ‘seeds of change’ (sunflower seeds) into their pots.
The final activity of the day was all about populating the Primary CoPS ‘Promise Tree’. Students created leaves demonstrating their promises for what they are going to do to improve their schools for themselves, for their peers, for the teachers, for the support staff and for the wider community.
Matt Foster, Head of Unloc Student Forums, commented: “The students had a really positive day. They went away brimming with new ideas and enthusiasm for using student voice to improve their school environment.”