Students 'Takeover' decisions on how to improve young people's lives

  |  Published: Nov 16th 2015
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If you could have your school days again, what questions would you ask the key decision makers in Buckinghamshire?

That’s the task facing a group of politics-hungry students who are heading to County Hall on Friday (November 20) to take part in the national Takeover Day event.

Led by the Children's Commissioner for England, Takeover Day offers young people the chance to work alongside adults and get involved in decision-making. Students from schools across Buckinghamshire will be visiting Buckinghamshire County Council's  headquarters for a packed programme of events including:

• An overview of what the Cabinet does, plus an introduction to the top three challenges/priorities for children.
• Leading and taking over the decision making at a Cabinet Meeting focused on those challenges plus the findings of the County Council's recent Children’s and Young People’s Voice Survey. The decisions they make will then be considered by Cabinet at a later date.
• Working with the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (FIS) to plan a Fun Day for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities. The young people will continue to work with FIS on this event after Takeover Day.

The youngsters will also have the opportunity to post their views on our @FreshBucks Twitter account. 

Zahir Mohammed, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: 'We’ve embraced Takeover Day in Buckinghamshire this year and it always inspires me when I meet these young people and witness their enthusiasm to get involved and make a difference locally. I’m sure the students will be asking some challenging questions and will play a full part in a lively debate on the day.'

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