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Pupils at Pebsham Primary Academy are involved in leadership roles across the school; often voted in to these positions, pupils are able to lead as School Councillors, offering a voice for the pupils, they lead with communication - writing and organising the School paper, voting for their classmates of the year etc.

We feel that democracy can be taught throughout our curriculum and throughout the life of the school.  In assemblies we learn about the wider aspects of democracy and how tis impacts on our daily lives.

Elections and debates form a part of our learning and children are keen to be fully involved and want their learning to develop and grow. 

Our most recent Democracy teaching links to the EU Referendum and our own vote! 

Below are a few of the ways our pupils demonstrate their learning about Democracy:


  • We help decide which charities we raise money for.
  • We help to develop school policies like our behaviour policy and the values of our school.
  • We vote for our School Council Representatives.
  • We vote for our ‘Classmate of the Year’ in July.
  • We have a say in what happens in our school.
  • We have learnt about raising money for charity and how the Government has helped us with this.
  • We held an EU Referendum and all children were able to vote.
  • We learnt about the General Election through our assemblies.
  • We have learnt about the EU Referendum in our lessons.
  • Year 1 debated about whether Lazlo should go into the dark.  Lazlo was the character in their key text.
  • We learnt about Women’s rights and the rights to vote.
  • We voted for our motto:  Where every child shines.
  • Year 2 held an election for a King.
  • We learnt about how the Government works in assembly.
  • We learnt about non-democratic countries and the impact on their society in assembly.