Cash for young citizens

3rd June 2005 at 01:00
Student councils in Edinburgh's secondary schools have been given an extra pound;2,000 each to contribute to school life. Teachers will be provided with resource materials to help develop the councils.

Ewan Aitken, executive member for children and families at Edinburgh City Council, said: "Through the Youngedinburgh strategy, we are committed to creating a city where every young person matters and where young people are recognised as citizens of today, not just tomorrow."

The decision to provide extra funding was agreed at a full council meeting in January - the first to hear directly from young people's representatives on an agenda set by young people. The initiative is based around the following principles:

* Each council should be representative, democratic, fair and inclusive.

* The money cannot be used to buy things the school has a legal duty to provide.

* Young people should be making the decisions from start to finish.

* Each council must consult with all students in the school.

* The money is not to set up a council but be spent, for example, on projects and events.

* Councils should learn from what goes well and not so well.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now