News Item: 18 January, 2013

Commons Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP launches national awards scheme for school councils

The Speaker's School Council Awards 2013 recognises the valuable contributions that school councils make to their classmates and to their communities.

Speakers School Council Awards young manThe Speaker's School Council Awards is run by Parliament's Education Service and is open to all schools and colleges across the UK.

School councils nominate their most successful school council project. It can be big or small, so long as it makes a demonstrable difference to the school or community.

Speakers School Council Awards childrenWinners are drawn from four age categories: Infant (4-7), Junior (7-11), Secondary (11-16) and Young Adult (16-19).

This year, every school that enters will receive a certificate of participation from the Speaker and a special web badge that can be displayed on their school websites.

Four winning councils will be invited to Parliament and will receive the Speaker's School Council Award Trophy, presented by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Entering is easy: simply sign up at www.speakersschoolcouncil.org.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April 2013.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons said:

'As democratically elected bodies, student councils are often the first experiences young people have with democratic practices, and I am proud that Parliament is able to support these practices through the Speaker's School Council Awards.

'I encourage all school councils across the UK to submit the project they are most proud of, and I look forward to seeing the entries and welcoming winners to Parliament for their awards day.'

Dr Michael Dobbins, Principal of Foyle View School, Speaker's School Council Awards 2011 finalist said:

'Applying for the Speaker's School Council Awards gives you a chance to work together to promote your council and publicise your successes'.

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