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Children’s commissioner visits Bearsden Academy

Bearsden Academy, children's commissioner Tam Baillie visiting. 
Tam Baillie, Manjinder Shergill and Head Teacher Mr Cooper with school captains.
Photo by Emma Mitchell
28/2/14

Bearsden Academy, children's commissioner Tam Baillie visiting. Tam Baillie, Manjinder Shergill and Head Teacher Mr Cooper with school captains. Photo by Emma Mitchell 28/2/14

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, was invited along to speak at the meeting of Bearsden Academy Cluster Parliament on Friday.

This was the second meeting of the parliament which is made up of pupil council representatives and school leaders from Bearsden Academy and its associated primary schools (Castlehill, Baljaffray, Mosshead and Bearsden primaries.

The focus of the meeting was children’s rights and those in attendance heard an informative speech from Mr Baillie which was followed by an interesting Q&A session.

Bearsden Academy’s pupil leadership committee came up with the idea of inviting Mr Baillie.

The committee which is open to all pupils from each year group and has a pupil majority working alongside teachers.

It is the major force in promoting children’s rights and leadership at Bearsden Academy and much of the work carried out led to the school being awarded the UNICEF Rights Respecting School award in June 2013.

Convener of Education, Councillor Eric Gotts, said: “This is the second meeting of Bearsden Academy cluster parliament and once again it has been an extremely successful and informative session for all those involved.

“Pupils in all the Bearsden cluster schools have commented very positively about the sessions and the opportunity to meet together to listen and exchange ideas.

“I will continue to follow with interest the work of the Bearsden parliament and the pupil leadership committee as they assist in the development of school policy and promote children’s rights and leadership to the Bearsden Academy cluster group.”

 

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