Frith Manor uses VotesforSchools - a weekly current affairs-based voting platform designed to engage children & young people in political and social issues. Through weekly discussion and voting, not only are voters learning about the world around them, but they are also becoming active citizens and preparing to participate in our democratic processes.
How is Votes for Schools used at Frith Manor?In KS2, each week School Council Representatives, and House and Vice Captains lead Monday's assembly to introduce the new VoteTopic for the week. The assemblies are interactive and give children a chance to explore the topic and hear different points of view.
Back in class, some time is set aside each week for a class discussion around the VoteTopic and then children are asked to vote by answering the posed question with a 'Yes' or 'No'. All voting is anonymous, with the children casting their vote by marking individual ballot papers.
Next, the School Council Representatives count up the votes and input them to the Votes for Schools website. The children can then compare their class's data not only with other classes at Frith but also with national data.
Votes for Schools will be extended to include KS1 in the future.
How can parents/carers carry on the conversation at home?
Below are some great ways for you to get involved in the conversation!
CHECK OUT THE VOTES FOR SCHOOLS WEBSITE
At 4PM every Friday, the latest VoteTopic goes live! Check out our website - www.votesforschools.com - to see what our voters will be debating in the coming school week or click the 'This Week's Vote Topic' button above.
DISCUSS THE TOPIC AT HOME
Ask your child to give arguments for each side of the debate to encourage critical thinking – our weekly Home Information Sheet can help you with this.
DISCUSS THE RESULTSWhen the new VoteTopic is available, the results of the previous topic will be too! Why not ask your child how they voted and why?
BRUSH UP ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Read up on any topics your child is discussing or have discussed to see what your take on it is. For more sensitive topics, we also provide a list of useful resources and organisations where you can find out more or seek support.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS
Have a think of which topics your child would like to see discussed at VotesforSchools and let us know their thoughts.
Are you interested in the Coronation? (24th - 28th April)
Are apprentices paid fairly? (1st - 5th May)