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Iceni Academy launches brand new Parliament

Inspired by a visit from local MP Elizabeth Truss Iceni Academy students recently took part in the first ever Iceni Parliament.

Elected representatives from each form group, spanning all years on the Methwold site, along with the student leadership team, took part in the lively discussion last week. Topics for included food, the curriculum, achievement and learning and behaviour and safety.

Stephen Plume, Principal, was very impressed with the students. “Students know that listening to them more, and acting on what they say, is a key focus for us this year and I was delighted to see how well they debated many key issues”.

Leader of Excellence in English and Iceni Parliament lead organiser, Amy Staniforth was also delighted with the students “I was absolutely thrilled with all of the innovative ideas our students brought to the first Parliament. It’s so important that our students have their voices heard, and we are already implementing some of their suggestions.”

The Iceni Parliament, which was run by the students, has inspired many students to think about politics more generally. Luke Johnson, Deputy Head Boy, who chaired the meeting said “As a Student Leadership Team, part of our job is to make sure every student has their say in how Iceni Academy is run. We are very excited to be planning a trip to Parliament in London to learn more about democracy in general”.

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