As well as developing essential leadership skills for those who sit on our councils we engage our whole school community in a comprehensive election process to elect our School Council members.
This involves candidates creating short campaign videos that outline their strengths & intentions should they be elected. Every member of the school community is then given the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates in a ‘question time’ style to support pupils in making their decision on how to use their vote.
This has allowed every pupil at Bassaleg to experience an election in preparation for real-life elections. In May 2021, when 16 year olds were allowed to vote for the first time in the Welsh Assembly Election, form groups experienced sessions which educated them on the organisation of the Welsh Assembly, how the election works and who their own candidates were. Through this work we are striving to develop ethically informed citizens who are socially aware and can contribute to society.