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Pupil Participation Case Study 1 - Oakwood Integrated Primary

Here in Oakwood Integrated Primary School in Lisburn, formal structures for pupil participation begin in year four, with individual class councils in all classes from year four to seven feeding into the overall Pupil Council. All children in each class vote for three peers to hold the positions of chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary for a period of six weeks. Representation is balanced in terms of religious affiliation and gender and the teachers involve the children fully in the consideration of attaining this representative balance.

In addition, the children in year six operate the school's Eco Committee using the same structures and practices as the Pupil and Class Councils. This extends the opportunities for pupil participation further as only those children who do not hold Class or Pupil Council positions are able to be post holders.