In 2016, the My Health, My School survey in Leeds revealed that only 43% of primary school pupils and 21% of secondary school pupils felt that they had a say in the way their school was run.
In addition, only 17% of primary school pupils and 14% of secondary school pupils felt that they had a say in the way Leeds as a city was run.
We have worked with the Leeds Youth Council to create this short film to explain to children and young people how they can have a say in their schools and community. They want to make sure that all children and young people in Leeds have the opportunity to be an active citizen. This includes taking part in council managed programmes, such as Leeds Children’s Mayor and Leeds Youth Parliament, but being an active citizen also involves taking part in activities that benefit your school and local community too.
To find out more about any of the opportunities in this video check out the rest of the Have Your Say section on this site. For school relating activities, please ask your class teacher or school council. If you want to get involved in our city wide programmes, please email VIC@leeds.gov.uk. The Voice and Influence team at Leeds City Council work to make Leeds a Child Friendly city by ensuring that all children, young people, parents and carers have their voices heard and can influence decisions and services that affect their lives.
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